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28/03/2022 - Works commence on the first phase redevelopment of Burtonport Harbour

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McDermott & Trearty Construction Ltd have been appointed by Donegal County Council to deliver the first phase redevelopment of Burtonport Harbour. This phase of the project is a part of the wider Ailt an Chorráínn and Oileán Árainn Mhór, Harbour to Island regeneration project which has a total value of €4.1m.

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The project is co-funded by the Council and the Department of Rural & Community Development under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which is a flagship element of Project Ireland 2040.

 

Welcoming the progression of the project to site Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Jack Murray said: “the Council has been developing, with much success, an ambitious programme of rural regeneration and development projects committed to the renewal, investment and liveability of our rural towns and communities. This was the first such project to progress to site when the works on Oileán Árainn Mhór commenced in May 2021 and I am delighted for the Ailt an Chorráínn community that works on the first phase redevelopment of the Harbour have now also progressed to site.”

 

The project can be described as a transformative physical, environmental, social and economic development project with place based change at its centre. This Phase of the Project (Phase 1) will address dereliction within the Harbour environment and will provide for its transformation to a new high performing multi-user space with modern transport infrastructure, public amenities and parking. Cathaoirleach of the Glenties Municipal District, Cllr. Marie Therese Gallagher believes that “the project will create wonderful opportunities to support new and emerging business in the fishing, marine leisure, tourism, hospitality and related sectors which will make a real difference to not only the quality of life for the residents of Ailt an Chorráínn, but will also give crucial support and confidence to the entire harbour and island community as it responds to post-pandemic recovery in the face of very significant economic challenges.”

 

Speaking about the ‘Harbour to Island’ regeneration project, Liam Ward, Director of Services, Community Development & Planning Services at Donegal County Council says: “I am delighted to see construction underway on the first phase redevelopment of the harbour in Ailt an Chorráín. It is a clear signal of the Council’scommitment to investment in the renewal and regeneration of our rural communities and along with the entire community and all stakeholders I am very much looking forward to the progression of this exciting project and delivery of the transformational regeneration proposed .”

 

The Council has also been successful in securing funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund in the sum of €2.05m for the second phase redevelopment of the Harbour. The second phase of the project will deliver a new Harbour & Ferry Terminal building together with an Enterprise Building in the newly transformed harbour environment. The second phase of the project is scheduled to proceed to completion of the detailed design phase imminently in advance of a subsequent tender and construction process.

 

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