• News

Timely boost for Ballina marina proposal

Sunday, 3rd January, 2016 9:20pm
Jump to comments
Timely boost for Ballina marina proposal
Timely boost for Ballina marina proposal

PLANS for the development of a marina at Ballina Quay has received a timely boost following a meeting between Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin and Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Deputy Mulherin has received confirmation from Minister Coveney that Mayo County Council's shovel-ready proposal for the Ballina harbour marina at the Quay can be considered when 2016 funding streams are established early in the New Year.

"Mayo County Council has now granted Part 8 planning for the development and Minister Coveney confirmed to me that the council can make a formal application for the marina when 2016 funding streams are established early in the New Year and opened.

"While I welcome very much the funding of €461,000 which I secured from Minister Simon Coveney over the past couple of years for aids to navigation, maintenance and storm damage repairs at Ballina Harbour at the Quay, I am now pressing for the area to be developed into a marina. I met with the minister just before Christmas and asked him to consider funding the marina.

"Mayo County Council has now granted part 8 planning for the development and the new director of services, Joe Loftus, confirmed the project is now shovel-ready.

"Last summer, the Quay Regatta festival was revived after many years with much aplomb. It was a great success and was a timely reminder of the massive potential this area has for marine leisure tourism as we look for new ways to entice tourists to the region.

"The marina would complement the existing amenities and activities in the area including the long tradition of boating and fishing. The marina would be located along the Wild Atlantic Way beside the renowned Belleek Forest Park where the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway, Ballina to Killala, is under construction and near completion. Also Failte Ireland has designated Ballina Harbour as a Discovery Point.

"The minister acknowledged the importance of supporting the fishing tourism and recreational sectors which are a vital source of income and employment in marine communities. He confirmed that Mayo County Council's proposal can be considered when 2016 funding streams are established early in the New Year and opened and at that stage the council can make a formal application.

"I believe we need to press forward with a bold and great vision for the development of a marina at the Quay and I will continue to push for this funding and seek other avenues as appropriate."

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from around the county with a Connaught Telegraph epaper subscription from €2*

Post a Comment

Group Publications

Your Forum
    Cookies on Connaught Telegraph website
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Connaught Telegraph website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
    How does Connaught Telegraph use cookies?
    Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
    We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
    Hide Message