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Greencastle Breakwater Project 02.05.23

SIGNIFICANT progress has been confirmed on the Greencastle Breakwater Project with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD approving the foreshore lease and Donegal County Council confirming the appointment of Foyle & Marine Dredging as contractor for the scheme.

Next steps for the project include the contractor preparing for site entrance, followed by in-water works commencing in May 2023 with expected completion in Q4.
Photomontage of completed breakwater at Greencastle Harbour
The local community is dependent on the fishing industry and the marine industry in general with almost 200 people directly or indirectly employed. Greencastle is the second largest white fish port in Ireland and is also home to a large inshore fleet mainly engaged in shellfish and crab, making it a key town in Ireland’s seafood sector. Greencastle has significant fishing support services including fish processing, marine engineering, boat building and net making.

The current funding provision for this project for all associated costs is nearly €17m. The new breakwater will be a curving rock armour to the south-west of the harbour entrance.

Commenting on the project, Minister McConalogue said “It is great news that this important infrastructure project has reached construction stage and I am looking forward to the first sod being turned on the project. The new breakwater will be a game-changer for Greencastle and Inishowen and will significantly add to the marine infrastructure in the area. My thanks to all involved in making this happen, including Donegal County Council, my Department officials, Doran Consulting for the detailed design, the Contractor Foyle & Marine Dredging and to Foyle Fisherman’s Co-Op and all who use the infrastructure at Greencastle.”

Commenting, Seamus Bovaird, secretary of the Greencastle Harbour Users’ Group welcomed the resumption of works on completion of phase one of the project.

Seamus said: “To see workmen and machinery moving around the Queensport is something that we have been looking forward to for many years.
There have been many changes in the fishing industry since 2008, when work on the breakwater ceased, not many of them good, but the harbour is still at the heart of the community. Further development of the harbour will create job opportunities to replace those lost in the fishing industry.”
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