6TH March 2008

Local Minister Pat the Cope has confirmed that a full cost grant in the sum of €240,185 has been allocated to Donegal County Council by Minister Eamon O Cuiv for the appointment of Consultant Engineers to design and prepare contract documents for the construction of a new pier at Rannagh, Arranmore Island. It is expected that the drawings, contract documents and statutory approvals such as planning and foreshore licences can be completed this year.

It is expected that the Council will shortly appoint the Consultant Engineers as the tender process for the selection has been completed by the Council.

Pat the Cope stated that “the Rannagh pier has, over the years, been a strategic harbour for the Islanders. However, major works are required and the capacity needs to be increased. The project also includes the provision of a submerged breakwater which will make the harbour more safe”.

It is expected that funding should be provided next year for the construction phase and should be completed within a nine month period.