Two Clare coastal projects to benefit from funding

Two Clare coastal projects to benefit from funding

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Two Clare projects are set to benefit from a €2.8m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD has confirmed.

The funding will allow council’s undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them.

In Clare, the money will be used by Clare County Council to complete reconstruction work on the slipway in Lahinch (€112,500) while an upgrade of the deck at Gleninagh Pier will benefit from funding worth €26,250.

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2017 Fishery harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.

The Minister went on to say: The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation”.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen described such funding as essential to the fundamental wellbeing of rural coastal communities in Clare.
“The infrastructure in north Clare, supported by this funding, plays a significant social and economic role in the area, by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and providing an attractive environment for tourists. All these industries are at the core of rural Ireland’s economy, as small businesses continue to grow and the number of jobs increase at a steady pace,” said Minister Breen.
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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