Fingal County Council must seek funding for Balbriggan Harbour - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O'Reilly with her party colleague Cllr Malachy Quinn are calling for Fingal County Council to make an application for funding for Balbriggan Harbour under the annual Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme in 2017.
This follows on from revelations that no application was made for the harbour in 2016. Cllr Quinn has requested a detail breakdown of applications for funding under the programme for all the harbours in Fingal in 2016.
Speaking today Deputy O'Reilly said:
“On the 13th ofJanuary 2016, Local Authorities were invited to submit applications under the 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
“However, I have found out, through parliamentary question, that no application for funding for Balbriggan Harbour was received from Fingal County Council in 2016.
“Vital funding streams, such as this, should not be neglected when you consider the work that current users of Balbriggan Harbour are seeking to have done to enhance it, both practically and aesthetically.
“The Harbour is a vital economic driver in the town and surrounding areas, and it is inherent that the Council are availing of funding where it is available, so as to support this growth.”
Alan Donnelly, secretary of the recently established Balbriggan Harbour Users Group said;
“We were advised of this news by Deputy O'Reilly. It is disappointing to see that the council has made no application for any funding to improve the facilities in Balbriggan Harbour, given there are numerous issues that need to be dealt with, including safe access and egress to the boats, and the need for utilities for the commercial and leisure boat users such as electricity and water stand pipes.
“The newly formed, Balbriggan harbour users group will be pressing the council to discuss these and other issues that were raised during a number of recently held public meetings in Balbriggan by users of the harbour including fishermen and leisure boat users.
“The community and the council must work together to ensure the most prosperous and best outcomes for Balbriggan Harbour. Ensuring a strong application for this funding is submitted on time, is essential to this.”