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Mixed reaction to €5m harbours fund 20.02.08

THERE has been mixed reaction to the €5 million awarded to pier and harbours around Inishowen.
Under the latest allocation from the Department of Fisheries and Food, Greencastle Harbour gets €3.6m; the Buncrana breakwater project gets €900,000; Moville Pier gets €22,500 and Glengad Pier gets €13,125.
The funding was welcomed by Senator Cecilia Keaveney.
She said: “Under the scheme the Greencastle Harbour development project will receive €3.6 million, which will enable continued progress on the construction of the breakwater at Greencastle.
"This project is being carried out and managed on behalf of Donegal County Council by the Department’s engineers whose expertise and
Greencastle Harbour
experience in this type of work is widely acknowledged as being of the highest standard."
The €22,500 for Moville Pier is for the improvement of the slipway and decking on the pier while the money for Glengad Pier is for repairs to the slipway.
Cllr. Joe Doherty yesterday also welcomed the €900,000 for Buncrana. He said the money would probably cover the full cost of the project.
But Foyle Fishermen's Co-Op in Greencastle were less than happy. Manager John O'Kane said the Greencastle Harbour project was estimated to cost around €11m. He said he would "be an old man" before the project was completed.
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