Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
322. Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if his attention has been drawn to an application made to his Department by Waterford County Council in 2009 for €1.2 million for the repair of Helvic pier; if his further attention has been drawn to indications of substantial deterioration since and if this is not arrested the consequential costs will be many multiples of the funding now sought; if he will confirm if the funding sought will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16248/11]
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney): The pier at Helvic is the property of Waterford County Council and responsibility for its repair and upkeep rests with the Local Authority in the first instance.
My Department did receive an application from Waterford County Council for funding under the 2009 Fishery Harbours and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme for improvements at the pier, including the extension and realignment of the existing slipway. The cost of this project was stated as €300,000.
Unfortunately, given the limited Exchequer funding available it was not possible to fund any local authority managed projects in 2009 and therefore, the request for funding in respect of the pier at Helvic was not successful. My Department recently invited Local Authorities to submit applications in respect of priority harbour development projects for inclusion in the 2011 Fishery Harbours and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme. A detailed application form in respect of Helvic Pier was issued to Waterford County Council for completion but to date no reply has been received. I should add that the deadline for receipt of completed applications was 10 June 2011.
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