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Public urged to have their say on how €241m for seafood sector is spent

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington is calling on members of the public to contribute to proposed plans on the spending of €241 million for the seafood sector by May 1st. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced plans for a new €241 million development programme for the seafood sector up to 2020. According to the plans proposed by Minister Coveney €42

Minister announces €241 million Seafood Development Programme in Clonakilty

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney announced plans for a new €241 million development programme for the seafood sector for the period up to 2020 at a recent event at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty. A public consultation on the Minister’s proposals for the new Programme and a strategic environmental assessment were published, with comments invited by 1 May 2015. In

West Cork to benefit from the €17.8, Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced the full details of a €17.8m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network . In announcing the initiative the Minister said, “I am delighted to announce the full details of my Departments €17.8m Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme for 2015. I have set aside €14.9m

Seals hold up dangerous pier

RESIDENTS of Cape Clear Island say they are outraged that a planning application for remedial works to a dangerous pier are being held up due to concerns that pile driving for the project may have an adverse affect on seal colonies in the vicinity. Séamus Ó Drisceoil from the Cape Clear ferry said, “The Carthys and Calf Island are over two miles from North Harbour; even more ridiculous is the

€440,000 investment in Cork seafood processing

THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).

Minister Coveney inspects storm gates installation on Cape Clear

MINISTER for the Marine Simon Coveney visited Cape Clear Island recently to see the progress of the new storm gates being installed to protect the island’s North Harbour from storm damage.   The €4.3 million project will see the automatic gates installed that will be able to close at the touch of a button and protect the harbour’s interior from storm surges and waves. It is expected that the gates

Minister guest of honour at “whiskey plank” ceremony

SAILORS, shipwrights, well wishers and the plain curious gathered in the Great Corn Store at Hegarty’s Boatyard, at Old Court between Skibbereen and Baltimore, recently to witness a major milestone in Irish shipbuilding.   They were there to witness Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney hammer home the final plank in the hull of the AK Ilen, described as the last traditional Irish-built wooden boat and Ireland’s largest original wooden

Sinn Féin delegation and Irish fishermen meet EU policy makers in Brussels

SINN Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada recently welcomed a delegation of Irish Fishermen to Brussels to meet with key policy makers on the difficulties that they face in making a sustainable living and on other issues impacting the industry. The delegation included fishermen from all around the Irish Coast including from Dunmore East, the Waterford Estuary, Kilmore Quay, Youghal, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Fenit and Arklow.

West Cork / South Kerry shellfish industry facing crisis

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has submitted a parliamentary question to the European Commission on the possibility of European aid for shellfish famers in West Cork and Kerry. High temperatures last summer resulted in a late and extensive autumn bloom of the most common naturally occurring marine biotoxin, dynophysis – commonly known as Red Tide.