Saturday 22 October 2016

More than €100k in funding allocated for repair of historic pier

THE historic pier in Balbriggan is to receive more than €100,000 for repairs.

Some €112,000 will be allocated to Fingal County Council from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marines.

The money will be used to repair the outer harbour wall.

Fine Gael TD for the area Alan Farrell welcomed the news that Balbriggan was one of 25 harbours around the country that would benefit from the cash boost.

"This funding, for the repair and development of Balbriggan harbour, is crucial in terms of ensuring its long-term sustainability," he said.

"Seaside communities are proud of their harbours and we consider them to be a focal point of our local landscape."

The investment is part of the Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Government co-funds up to 75pc of the total cost of approved projects, with the county council providing the balance."

Meanwhile, work is also set to begin to replace the iconic lighthouse dome in the harbour.

The dome was removed in the 1960s due to corrosion and locals have long campaigned to have it restored.


It is hoped that the lighthouse project will be completed by the end of the year.

Councillor Tony Murphy has lead the charge on the campaign.

"I feel that Balbriggan has so much to offer and has a lot of potential as a tourism destination, but we need serious investment to compete for this market," he said.

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