Wicklow shortchanged by govt storm repair package

arklow pier

In the last month the government has allocated €42.6 million in capital funding for storm and flood repairs nationwide. Out of that funding, Wicklow has received €5,400 — 0.01% of total overall spend.

Today, Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney, announced a €23 million package for repairs to the country’s piers and harbours.

€5,400 was allocated to the South Pier in Arklow — the only structure in Wicklow to receive funding as part of the package.

Earlier in the month, the minister responsible for the Office for Public Works, Brian Hayes, announced a €19.6 million investment fund for coastal protection and flood defence works. Wicklow received no funding under this scheme.

Speaking after the announcement of funding for Arklow pier earlier today, Wicklow TD Simon Harris said he had raised the issue of Arklow’s flood defences with Minister Hayes and was told that the OPW had provided to €42,797 in funding 2012 and €5,412 in 2013.

In neighbouring Wexford, over €1.5 million was allocated by the government for storm repairs this week, including €1.1 million to Courtown Harbour.

Wexford was also allocated almost €1.3 million earlier in the month for coastal protection and flood defence improvements.

Wicklow was badly hit by the recent storms and local politicians have called on the government to invest in coastal defences around the county to prevent beaches at Greystones and Arklow disappearing.

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