CASH FOR MA­RINE PROJECTS

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

SOUTH EAST FLAG fund­ing, to be de­liv­ered through Bord Ias­caigh Mhara to coastal projects in Wick­low, Wex­ford and Water­ford was an­nounced by Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle in Ark­low re­cently.

The lat­est sum will see 29 projects across the three coun­ties ben­e­fit from a to­tal in­vest­ment fund of €645,000.

This in­cludes a fig­ure of €177,625 to be spent on Ark­low to im­porove stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for fish­er­men, a hoist up­grade and restora­tion of the light­ship ‘SKUA’ lantern.

Wick­low County Coun­cil will also con­trib­ute €76,125 to the Ark­low projects.

The South East FLAG is one of seven FLAG re­gions from Ire­land’s coast­line that will ben­e­fit from the FLAG scheme, ad­min­is­tered by BIM, Ire­land’s Seafood De­vel­op­ment Agency, which is co-funded by the Ex­che­quer and the EU un­der Ire­land’s Euro­pean Mar­itime and Fish­eries Fund (EMFF) Op­er­a­tional Pro­gramme 2014-2020. Over the du­ra­tion of the EMFF pro­gramme, the na­tional FLAG scheme will de­liver €12 mil­lion in fund­ing to Ire­land’s coastal com­mu­ni­ties.

Speak­ing at the South East FLAG fund­ing launch at the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel, Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle said: ‘I am de­lighted to be here to­day in Ark­low to an­nounce de­tails of the South­east FLAG first fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion for the South East FLAG.

‘Some 29 di­verse and in­no­va­tive projects are be­ing sup­ported with grant aid of €423,000 across Wick­low, Water­ford and Wex­ford that will de­liver a to­tal in­vest­ment of over €645,000. The fo­cus on the di­ver­sity and in­no­va­tion is hugely ev­i­dent and the projects com­ing for­ward are re­spond­ing to a wide range of needs, ser­vices and skills in the seafood and wider ma­rine sec­tor.

‘At the heart of these com­mu­ni­ties are the fish­er­men but so too is the ma­rine her­itage and an­cil­lary fa­cil­i­ties and of course fish and seafood all of which are be­ing pro­moted through many in­spir­ing projects in the South­east FLAG.’

The sec­ond project ap­proved for County Wick­low comes un­der the cat­e­gory of coastal row­ing.

‘This show­cases so­cial in­clu­sion, tra­di­tional skills in the ma­rine sec­tor and also the links with tourism in terms of the Coastal Row­ing and the op­por­tu­ni­ties this product cre­ates in com­mu­ni­ties and as a health and well­be­ing ser­vice.

‘Two projects in the South­east are ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of this, Vartry Row­ing Club in Wick­low and St Kearns Row­ing Club in Wex­ford,’ said Deputy Doyle.

Min­is­ter An­drew Doyle at the launch of the FLAG fund­ing.

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