An allocation of 83,500 in funding has been made for the development of a new angling infrastructure in both Sligo and Leitrim by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Minister for State with responsibility for this agency Sean Kyne.
Sligo/Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin (FG) said, "The projects in Sligo and Leitrim which have received funding will be able to develop provisions for angling boats and trailers in order to allow for improved access to rivers and lakes, education and youth initiatives, provisions to attract tourist anglers to Sligo and Leitrim, upgrades to access roads and car parks at angling sites, construction of new fishing stands, styles and footbridges and the provision of informational signage for angling.
"For example, in Sligo, 35,450 is being provided, in order to enable angling access to the Garavogue River. This was a joint submission by the Sligo County Council, the Sligo BID and the Garavogue Salmon Festival Group and I want to congratulate them on this application. This area of Sligo town is a major angling location and this funding will be warmly welcomed by all involved."
"Minister Kyne has further advised me that there will be a second round of funding under this Angling Fund in the New Year, so any groups or organisations who were not included or did not apply on this occasion will have another opportunity to do so in 2017.
"This funding announcement yesterday, Wednesday, is yet another positive allocation of funding to both Sligo and Leitrim this week. This follows on from the 1 Million REDZ allocation, the 1 Million in Clar funding, the official allocation of 20 Million for the Cranmore redevelopment programme and the 63,000 for animal welfare organisations. It shows that with a recovering economy, Fine Gael are working hard to ensure that the beenfits of the recovering economy are reaching counties like Sligo and Leitrim and I am looking forward to more announcements from Government in the new year, concluded Deputy McLoughlin. Recipients of angling funding:
Lareen and Rosfriar Town,
Kinlough, Co. Leitrim Drowns Fisheries Angling Walkways (10,000) by Drownes Salmon Fishery.
, Co.Leitrim Herns Shore Lough Allen Improved Access Road (4,600) by Carrick on Shannon Angling Festival
, Community Park, Co.Leitrim Upgrading fencing and improving access to local angling community at Bonet River (8,000) by Dromahair Anglers Association
Lauragh, Fenagh, Co. Leitrim Lough Allen angling access road upgrade and stiles (6,000) by Rinn Shannon and District Angling Club. This project will improve the impact of the clubs angling activities through the provision of safe and sustainable infrastructure. It includes provision of an angling boat and trailer to improve access to club waters for educational and youth initiatives as well as tourist anglers.
Co.Leitrim Lough Allen Angling Access Road Upgrade and Stiles (3,600) by Sheemore Angling Club. Upgrade to angling access road to Lough Allen which is used by both tourist and local anglers plus the provision of two stiles to allow access from the car park to the lake.Sligo:
Dromore, Co. Sligo River Easkey Development Project (10,000) by River Easkey Angling Association.
Stephen Street Car Park
, Co.Sligo Angling Access to Garavogue River, Sligo (35,450) by Sligo County Council / Sligo BID Garavogue Salmon Festival Group.
, Co. Sligo Sligo Anglers Fisheries Angling Boat and Transportation Trailer (5,400) by Sligo Anglers Association Fisheries