Donegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed €219,750 in funding for harbour improvements at more than a dozen locations across the county.
The works are part of a €2.2 million package to assist 13 coastal Local Authorities around the country to undertake and complete 52 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them.
The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.
Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: “I am delighted to welcome this funding for the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under local authority ownership.
“Maintaining and improving standards and facilities at all of these locations is essential to protect and preserve coastal communities.
“It is also vital from a tourism perspective, in increasing participation in marine leisure, and for the development of fishing and aquaculture related activities, all of which help to sustain the local economy and employment.”
The locations in Donegal to benefit from the funding for improved safety measures are Greencastle; Bunagee; Portaleen; Portmore; Buncrana; Rathmullan; Portsalon; Downings; Magheraroarty; Bunbeg; Burtonport; Teelin; Bundoran.
Elsewhere, visitor moorings will also be improved at Teeling, Arranmore, Rathmullan and Meevagh.
The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2018 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved capital projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.