Dáil Éireann - Volume 682 - 14 May, 2009
Written Answers. - Harbours and Piers.
Deputy Martin Ferris Deputy Martin Ferris
Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he will release funds for the new deep water harbour at Rossaveal Harbour, County Galway. [19581/09]
Deputy Brendan Smith Deputy Brendan Smith
Deputy Brendan Smith: The recommended development option at Ros an Mhíl consists of three main phases. Phase one, the dredging of the inner harbour to cater for the passenger ferry operation and for a small boat harbour, commenced in December 2004 and was completed in 2005.
The current stage of the development involves the construction of pontoons which will enable the separation of fishing and ferry activities. This will address many health and safety issues associated with the present operation and reduce congestion in the harbour. Full planning was received in November 2006 and work commenced in 2008 with a total investment of €1.7 million. €6.9 million has been allocated for the completion of the pontoons in 2009. It is expected that the pontoons will be operational by July 2009.
Further development at the harbour will be considered subject to available Exchequer funding and overall national priorities.
Dáil Éireann 682 Written Answers. Harbours and Piers.