€1,073,863 sanctioned by Minister of State Joe McHugh to carry out capital works on various islands around the country

Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has today announced that he has sanctioned a grant of a total of €1,073,863 to carry out improvement works on various islands around the country.  The grants have been sanctioned for Sligo, Cork, Mayo, and Donegal and Galway County Councils as follows:


Sligo County Council €18,750
Cork County Council €313,500
Mayo County Council €339,000
Donegal County Council €359,000
Galway County Council €43,613


The County Councils will provide match funding. Discussions are ongoing between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Galway County Council regarding further works to be undertaken on the Galway islands.

The islands involved are Inishmulclohy (Coney Island) in County Sligo, Bear Island, Long Island, Whiddy Island, Dursey Island and Sherkin Island in County Cork, Inishturk, Claggan and Clare Island in County Mayo, Árainn Mhór, Oileán an Bhráighe and Tory Island in County Donegal and Inishmore, Inisheer and Inishbofin in County Galway.

Projects being funded include the provision of a helipad on Inishturk, a resource that will provide further support for the island population.  This funding will also support upgrading of some 21 separate roads on islands along the coast.  A full list of works is set out in the attached table.

Minister of State McHugh said he was delighted to make such an announcement.  The Minister of State said, “Today’s announcement shows the interest my Department and the Government have in fostering sustainable communities on the off-shore islands.  As part of the Government’s National Development Plan my Department will be investing €27million in island marine infrastructure over the next 10 years.

“These kinds of investments are about improving the lives of islanders, improving accessibility, investing in the future of island communities and in works that will sustain and develop vital tourism offerings. Our islands are truly at the heart of what is best loved and admired about Irish culture and these kind of investments demonstrate how highly we value these communities.”


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Appendix 1    
Sligo Description D/CHG funding
Coney Island Support works on the pier €9,375
Coney Island Surface dressing on 800m of the L-7506-0 €9,375
Cork   D/CHG funding
Sherkin Surface dressing and improvement works on 250m of L-4201 €9,000
Sherkin New surface on 700m and surface dressing on 700m of the L-8201-0 €47,250
Sherkin New surface on 500m of L-8202-0 €26,250
Whiddy Surface dressing & associated works on 750m of L-4701, and drainage works €52,500
Whiddy New surface and associated works on 400m of L-8702-0 €21,000
Bere New surface on 1,320m of L-4922-0 €63,750
Long Island New surface on 650m and surface dressing on 950m of the L44077 and L-44077-1 €48,750
Bere Retaining wall and small car park €18,750
Heir Island New surface & associated works on 500m of L-8201-32 €26,250
Inishturk Purchase of land and construction of helipad €174,000
Inishturk Construction of wall at Purtoon bay €15,000
Clare Island New surface on 1000m of road towards church €112,500
Claggan New surface and associated works on 500m €37,500
Donegal   D/CHG funding
Oileán na Bhráighe Pointing on 160m of retaining wall €22,500
Machaire Rabhartaigh Crane €75,000
Árainn Mhór Surface on 650m of L-9033-1 €52,500
Toraigh Crane €75,000
Árainn Mhór Bridge on Ballard Road €33,750
Árainn Mhór Advice and plan development for removal of invasive species €1,500
Árainn Mhór Surface on 540m on Bóthar Scréig €39,750
Árainn Mhór Drainage and bitmac on 420m of L-9063-1 €39,000
Arainn Mhór Essential works on Bóthar an Teach Solais €20,000
Galway   D/CHG funding
Inisbofin Works on road at new pier €750
Inisbofin Works on 360m of Clossey Road €17,250
Inisbofin New surface on 235m between Church and New Pier €4,988
Inisbofin New surface on 150m near Dolphin Hotel and works on 150m near Dolphin Hotel €10,875
Inisbofin New surface on 150m – Westquarter Village €6,750
Inisbofin Single surface dressing – 295m – East of Airstrip €3,000


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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