Today Wicklow Fine Gael Minister Simon Harris has welcomed the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s approval of the second tranche of the Brexit Adjustment: Local Authority Marine Infrastructure Scheme (BALAMI) 2022-2023. This decision has resulted in County Wicklow receiving over €1 million for eight projects across the County.
Minister Harris said, “I welcome this massive investment into Wicklow’s maritime sector, which will help those in the industry to adapt to the challenges and impacts brough about as a result of Brexit.”
“I greatly support the decision to increase the funding rate of the Brexit Adjustment: Local Authority Marine Infrastructure Scheme, to the maximum rate of 95% of the total cost for eligible projects. This capital injection will provide vital benefits for Wicklow’s coastal communities, especially in the current economic environment.”
4 Marine improvement projects in Wicklow have been identified under this funding along with 3 projects in Arklow.
- Refurbishment of Navigation Aids
- Repair to North Quay Walls
- Additional space at North Quay
- Development of Welfare Facilities
- South Quay Harbour Pontoon
- Storage Space at South Quay
- Development of Welfare Facilities at South Quay
- Inner Harbour Pontoon
“The remaining 5% of funding must come from local authorities. However now that the funding for these projects have been approved, I would encourage Wicklow County Council to ensure the completion of the seven projects included under this scheme.”
The BALAMI Scheme arose as a result of a recommendation from the Seafood Taskforce created in 2021. This taskforce examined the impacts of Brexit specifically on the fishing sector and coastal communities.
“The rejuvenation of Ireland’s coastal and marine infrastructure will be vital in order to offset the implications of Brexit on the Irish fishing industry. Wicklow’s history has been long connected to fishing industries and I believe it essential that these industries are preserved and encouraged.” Minister Harris concluded.