Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that the proposed extension of the quay at Castletownbere can play a major role in the economic and social regeneration of the village.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after it was announced that Castletownbere would benefit from a €6.5 million investment from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
“Over the past six years, the total value of fish landings has nearly doubled across the six Fishery Harbour Centres, including Castletownbere.
“The extension to the Dinish Island pier, and a new Harbour Administrative Centre, will dramatically enhance the overall harbour.
“Fishing remains a major employer along the Beara Penninsula. These improvement works will allow local fishermen to expand their activities, and improve their financial situation.
“I am also happy to see €100,000 being spent on improving facilities on Cape Clear. This funding will provide a much needed boost to the island.
“Last year, I along with Party Leader, Micheál Martin met with many local fishermen to discuss their issues and concerns. This is the start of what is needed to ensure the future viability of fishing families in West Cork,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.