22nd September

EU investment supports projects across Donegal

Thirty-one marine projects in Donegal are to receive €468,000 investment from the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) initiative, funded under Ireland's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-2020.

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Greencastle Maritime Summer Camp facilitators Trish Murphy, Adrian Harkin and Susan McAleer with from left: Owen Doyle, Regional North FLAG Coordinator BIM; Minister Joe McHugh; Jerry Gallagher, Chairman North FLAG and Ian Lawler, Inshore Fisheries Development Manager BIM.  Photo Clive Wasson

The projects are among 153 nationwide initiatives set to benefit from €3.6m investment announced by the Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, early this year.

Donegal TD and Minister of State Joe McHugh said the package was "good news" for Donegal.

"It is an opportunity to build on our marine heritage with innovative projects that will enhance our seafood and marine tourism sectors to enable this community to diversify and grow in the years ahead."

BIM chef executive Jim O’Toole said the agency had worked closely with the North FLAG to provide assistance and training.  

The primary role of the North FLAG strategy is to rejuvenate Donegal coastal communities, foster enterprise, innovation, creativity and social inclusion in the fisheries, seafood and marine sectors.

BIM chef executive Jim O’Toole said the agency had worked closely with the North FLAG to provide assistance and training.

"Donegal is a well-established and resourceful fishing community and the announcement of such a diverse range of projects... highlights the value of seafood and the wider marine sector to the county."

 North FLAG chairman, Jerry Gallagher, said the initiative was designed to support and strengthen communities where fishing and aquaculture contributed to the local economy, and the local network which is so important in sustaining communities.

"The North FLAG has supported a range of diverse projects in this round of funding and our members will continue to develop this programme to the benefit of the North FLAG region."

Over the duration of the EMFF programme, the national FLAG scheme will deliver €12 million in funding to Ireland’s coastal communities.

The primary role of the North FLAG Strategy in association with the overall FLAG programme is to rejuvenate Donegal coastal communities, foster enterprise, innovation, creativity and social inclusion in the continued development of the Fisheries, Seafood and Marine sectors. Ultimately, aiming for increased job creation, social inclusion and all round protection and improvement of coastal communities throughout Donegal.

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