Published: Thu, 28 May 2015
MEP for Ireland-South, Seán Kelly, has welcomed the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s announcement of a €6 million dredging project at the Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre in Co. Waterford, saying that it will provide “a great and needed boost to the local community”.
“This is an extremely positive move from Minister Coveney”, noted Mr. Kelly, “Dunmore is and has traditionally been one of our key fishing centres. This announcement shows that the government has recognised the important role this vibrant fishing community can play in furthering the development of our fishing sector”
Minster Simon Coveney has indicated that works will commence in early June and be substantially completed by the end of September. Years of siltation has restricted vessel traffic in the Dunmore East Harbour, but the dredging works will make the harbour more accessible to larger vessels. Mr. Kelly spoke of the importance the new plans have for the local community:
“Having met and spoken on numerous occasions to members of the Dunmore community, I am delighted by the news as it was clear that this work was badly needed. It will improve the accessibility of the harbour and as fish landings continue to grow in Dunmore, we will soon have a harbour that is able to attract larger vessels.
“The benefits of the investment are not limited to the fishing sector; harbour marine and leisure activities are also very important to the town and will be very positively affected. Additionally, we will see a big knock-on effect in terms of the growth of the local economy and job creation. This is a big win for Dunmore East, for Waterford, and for the South East in general”, he concluded.