Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív is hitting out at the Marine Minister for continuing to delay on the Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2015.  Under the scheme, councils must have the upgrade and repair work completed by the end of the year, but Minister Coveney has still not made a decision on which projects will be included.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The Minister’s continuous stalling is extremely unhelpful and will put the successful local authorities under extreme pressure.  It is now the middle of June and all of the work must be completed by the end of December.  This leaves an extremely tight timeline for councils to tender for the work, appoint a contractor and have the work carried out.

“The urgency of this matter seems completely lost on Minister Coveney.  Every time I have questioned him on it he responds by claiming that he’ll make a decision on it in the near future.  The fact that he is leaving this decision so late is a further example of the Minister’s obliviousness to the complexities of running these schemes, the volume of work involved in the applications process and the timelines involved.

“This delay will push the work out into the Autumn and Winter months so instead of being able to optimise on the long days and good weather, contractors will be forced to carry out the upgrades and repairs in less favourable conditions.  I will be continuing to press the Minister to announce the details of the scheme as a matter of urgency”.