FOLLOWING a public tender process BAM Civil Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor by Bantry Bay Port Company to undertake the new Bantry Inner Harbour Development.
by Stephen Johnson KENMARE is mourning the tragic drowning death over the weekend of a popular local man, Bill Topham. From nearby Templenoe, Mr Topham was an electrician in his 50s, married and the father of three.
FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17
THE Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has launched eight schemes to commence implementation of Ireland’s new €240 million EMFF Seafood Development Programme for the period up to 2020 and beyond, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This announcement follows approval of the Programme in December by Government and the European Commission.
TOTAL traffic through the Bantry Bay Port Company in 2015 decreased by 200,000 tonnes in 2015 compared to the previous year according to an end of year statement by the port’s parent company the Port of Cork. Traffic from the Bantry Bay Oil Storage Terminal is operated by Zenith Energy, which accounts for 100% of the commercial traffic through Bantry Bay Port.
FIANNA Fáil’s general election candidate in Cork South-West has outlined a number of measures the party wants to pursue to help build-up the fishing industry. Councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said, “For years it seems our fishermen have been swimming against the tide. We have an opportunity to change that in this election. We can send a clear message to next Dáil by electing a loud, proud voice for coastal communities
WEST Cork TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that €2.53m fundinghas been approved for Castletownbere and Cape Clear Harbours. Further additional funding of €2m nationally, was also allocated towards storm damage repairs for the various harbours in West Cork.
FACILITATED by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), local industry groups in Castletownbere and Union Hall recently met with Tom Piper of KIMO UK to hear what the UK ‘Fishing for Litter’ programme has achieved and what lessons can be learnt to ensure the programme gains traction in Ireland.
MINISTER for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney welcomed agreement reached at today’s Task Force meeting on a new system for migrant workers in the fishing industry. The Minister, who also chaired the Task Force, provided details of the new arrangements which have been agreed. The Government Task Force was set up to address the situation of non EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet.
SEVEN fishermen were rescued from a stricken fishing boat that ran aground in Glandore Harbour on Sunday night in severe weather conditions.