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€672,000 Investment in Arklow and Wicklow Harbours

Date: 25 April 2022

Green Party TD, Steven Matthews has welcomed the news that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has allocated €571,200 to Wicklow County Council to support works in Arklow and Wicklow Harbours. Speaking following the announcement, Deputy Matthews said:

“I am delighted that both Arklow and Wicklow Harbour will benefit from the Brexit Adjustment Local Authority Marine Infrastructure Scheme 2022-2023. The funding will contribute significantly to the total value of the projects, which is €672,000.

“Wicklow County Council submitted applications for six projects and to see that five have been successful is a huge credit to the work and dedication of the local authority.

“This investment will transform our marine landscape in Wicklow and support our coastal communities following Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. The allocations for both improvements to infrastructure and for additional safety and welfare facilities are necessary and will support the development of Arklow and Wicklow Harbours.

The projects awarded funding include:

· Inner Harbour Arklow Pontoon - €170,000

· Arklow Harbour Welfare Facilities - €38,250

· Wicklow Harbour Navigation Aids - €42,500

· South Quay Wicklow Harbour Pontoon - €44,200

· South Quay Arklow Storage Facilities - €276,250

“This is the right time to invest in our marine infrastructure. Arklow and Wicklow Harbours will be central to the development of offshore wind energy, which will create massive employment opportunities and have a long-term positive impact on our coastal towns and villages. I will continue to advocate for Government funding in these areas to support this vital infrastructure.

“The funding announced today will benefit both our marine and fisheries industries and the emerging renewable energy sector in Wicklow. I meet frequently with the senior management in Wicklow County Council, and I look forward to continuing to work with them on these projects and offering any support that I can”, Deputy Matthews concluded.



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