Updated: 03/04/17 : 06:12:11
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€111,750 allocated to Rosses Point Pier and €26,250 for Raghly

"I am delighted to announce that €138,000 has been allocated to Sligo County Council by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed under the 2017 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme," this was stated by Sligo/Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin at the weekend.

Two projects in Co. Sligo will avail of this funding, with €111,750 being allocated to Rosses Point Pier project for the provision of a pontoon and an access ramp along with a modest increase in length of slipway and overall upgrade works.

In Raghly Harbour, €26,250 is being provided for the construction of a Pier crane and also to conduct ancillary works.

"I am pleased to be able to deliver for these two projects in 2017, with the help and the assistance of both the officials in Sligo County Council and Minister Creed, said Deputy McLoughlin.

"One might recall, in 2015, I was successful in my efforts at lobbying Minister Simon Coveney for funding for this project in Rosses Point. However, at a later date it transpired that the funding could not be drawn down as there was no Foreshore Licence in place for the development.

“This has since been rectified by Sligo County Council and I am delighted that this funding has now been allocated after a long period of negotiations and representations. I am firmly of the belief that this funding will be a major boost for tourism and operations in both Raghly Harbour and Rosses Point Pier as it will allow local anglers, and boat operators more access and options when conducting their business.

“Finally, I want to say a big well done to Pat Carter, Daryl Ewing of Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters, the director of services at Sligo County Council, Tom Kilfeather and to the entire local community in Rosses Point and Raghly for working together to ensure these applications were made and supported, " concluded the Sligo-based deputy.