In a letter to the Co. Council, the Department of Agriculture acknowledged that the Dunmore East Harbour needed to be dredged and said that it would cost around âŹ6 million, waterford-news.ie reports.
The letter stated, âThis is a significant outlay in the current context of the national finances and competing exchequer demands.â
Sinn FĂ©in Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald said, âTheir reply leaves a lot to be desired. Dunmore East is the fourth largest population centre in the County and without a harbour it wouldnât exist.â
Cllr. Fitzgerald said that the build up mud was so bad in the harbour that bigger vessels can only get in or out when the tide is high.
He added, âHow can they put a price on fishermenâs lives, itâs an added danger they donât need. This is a small investment for a harbour that turns over âŹ10 million a year.
âWe need this small amount of funding to enhance the industry,â concluded Cllr. Fitzgerald.
Dredging Today Staff, April 20, 2012;