IRISH MINISTERS WELCOME PUBLICATION OF REVISED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Irish ministers welcome publication of revised National Development Plan. Ireland’s three Ministers at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have welcomed the publication to the revised National Development Plan. The revised NDP will set the Department’s new five year rolling capital allocations. The NDP will support economic, social and environmental development across the country.
‘As we emerge from the pandemic and continue to deal with the challenges posed by Brexit, the NDP Review allows us to map out the development of the agri-food sector’ said Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.
For fisheries, the strategic investment priorities for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine include the Fishery Harbour Centres and Seafood Development Programme
Major development projects in Castletownbere, Howth and Killybegs have commenced and while all have been delayed somewhat due to Covid 19 restrictions they are expected to be completed in early 2022. Preparatory work is ongoing for other projects including a major dredging project in Howth which is currently at planning stage.
Minister McConalogue said: ‘Overall, a capital investment programme of up to €180 million across all six Fishery Harbour Centres, at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros an Mhíl and Killybegs, encompassing ongoing safety and maintenance and necessary new developments is envisaged for commencement up to 2025. Ongoing improvements will be required thereafter.’
Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme 2014-20 will award the last of its €240 million budget in 2021. The new Seafood Development Programme 2021-27 will be launched in 2022 with €142 million EU funds from the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) and matching funds from Government. The Seafood Development Programme will:
- Assist seafood enterprises in the fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors to adapt to the impacts of Brexit and Covid, grow seafood output, add value to seafood products, enhance the competitiveness of seafood enterprises and develop their markets.
- Support the conservation of fish stocks, the protection and restoration of marine habitats and biodiversity and climate change mitigation and adaptation in the seafood sector.
- Fund the development and dissemination of knowledge and technology in the seafood sector to address challenges and avail of opportunities for the sustainable growth of the seafood sector.
- Assist coastal communities in diversifying and growing their economies.