18th October

Funding to support communities along Ireland’s northeast coast

Thirteen maritime projects in counties Louth, Meath and Dublin, will receive grant aid of almost €220,000 to support total investment of €434,337.

FLAG North East is one of seven regional groups operating under the Fisheries Local Action Group programme - co-funded by the exchequer and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and contributes to the Action Plan for Rural Development.

FLAG 2017 Northeast

Richard McCormick, President, Maritime Institute of Ireland; Minister Andrew Doyle; Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive and Garrett O'Brien, Chair FLAG North East at the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The announcement in the National Maritime Museum completes the rollout of the FLAG programe: South (Cork): North (Donegal); South West (Kerry, Limerick); South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow); West (Mayo, Clare); North West (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), culminating in total investment of more than €3.6m in 2017.

Administered by BIM, the scheme will provide €12m in funding to Ireland’s coastal communities from 2014 – 2020.

Speaking at the launch in the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Minister of State Andrew Doyle said each of the projects showcased “diversity, vision and enterprise, and where marine life, heritage, history, fishing and seafood, have been a significant contributor to the local economy”.

Throughout the national rollout of FLAG funds, “we have experienced the enthusiasm and hunger amongst coastal communities to protect and grow their respective marine industries,” he added.

BIM’s chief executive Jim O’Toole said it was “inspiring to experience the appetite for rejuvenation” that the FLAG support was provoking.

“The FLAG programme, supported by the EMFF, is encouraging growth in marine-based enterprise, job creation, marine tourism and the fishing, seafood and aquaculture sectors, all of which will create healthier, localised coastal economies."

Chairman of FLAG North East, Garret O’Brien, said the selected projects highlighted the rich coastal heritage, seafood and marine tourism potential of Louth, Meath and Dublin.

“Because of the FLAG Programme and the projects we support, we are seeing increased community collaborations and huge energy in the North East. What this clearly demonstrates to me is the passion amongst those in our coastal communities for our region, for its seaside, shoreline and seafood.”

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