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New €25 million harbour breakwater officially opens

A new €25million harbour breakwater has been officially opened in Greencastle, Ireland.

The 270m long breakwater was built to protect vessels within the harbour from wave action and to improve the safety and effectiveness of the harbour for all users, including for tourism and leisure users using the pontoon facilities.

It is also aimed at minimising the impact of the natural tidal flow through the mouth of Lough Foyle.

The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which provided a total of €22m over two phases.

“Greencastle is an important gateway harbour to the Northwest Region,” said Marine Minister, Charlie McConalogue who cut the ribbon at the opening. “The breakwater is vital for the growth and sustainability of this harbour and furthermore vital for the growth and sustainability of the Inishowen Peninsula.”

And he added acknowledged everyone involved in delivering the project.

“I must commend the standard and efficiency of the work completed by the principal contractor, Stephen McCormick of Foyle & Marine Dredging Ltd who had to contend with challenging tidal currents for the duration of the project.

“I must also commend the commitment of Donegal County Council who managed and delivered this project with project consultants Doran Consulting.”

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