Dingle’s ice plant is being converted to a workshop, plant storage, staff accommodation and facilities for departmental staff, at a cost of over half a million euro.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine confirmed in excess of €430,000 was spent on the project last year and a further €150,000 has been allocated this year.
The Department said there are usually five industrial staff working within the harbor who will utilize the building. Departmental engineers, not permanently stationed in Dingle, will also avail of the facilities.
A campaign had been waged in recent years to save the ice-plant which sits prominently at the end of the pier.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine confirmed the former ice-plant building is being converted into a workshop, plant storage, staff accommodation and facilities for Departmental harbor industrial and engineering staff.
The works involved the alteration and refurbishment of the existing two storey ‘An Daingean Fishery Harbour Centre Ice Plant Building’, including the removal of the existing plant.
Works also involved change of use of the two storey building to workshop, store, office, staff canteen and welfare facilities (including toilets), complete with new internal stairs, elevational changes, new roof profile and new external cladding.
A new foul sewer discharge to the public sewer via a pumped main embedded in the pier was also included in the works.
The building is to be used as an industrial workshop, for the storage of plant and machinery and have facilities for industrial staff.
The project is being financed with Exchequer funding provided for under the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.