Kerry senator reiterates the need for pier and access road in Cromane

A Kerry senator has reiterated the need for a pier and access road in Cromane.

Fine Gael senator for Kerry Paul Coghlan sought an update on the issue from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed.

There has been a long-running campaign for a pier in the area.

In correspondence with Kerry County Council last July, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine confirmed it would not provide funding to construct a pier in Cromane.

Senator Paul Coughlan raised the long-standing issue again recently, stating there’s a huge need for this project to be advanced to enhance and protect economic growth.

He says this project will hugely assist in eliminating health and safety risks for operators at this location.

In response, the department states proposals for a potential future pier development project in Cromane is a matter for Kerry County Council; it added while mussle seed fishing in Castlemaine Harbour is regulated by the department, the remit does not extend to possible future capital infrastructure works at Cromane.

This year, Kerry County Council has been approved for funding for two projects under the department’s annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme; a total of €127,500 was allocated for projects at Dromatoor Pier and Tarbert Pier.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine also states that no application for funding was received under this year’s programme in relation to Cromane Pier.