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Today’s funding announcement of €57,000 for McDonald’s Pier and Slipway in Youghal, Co. Cork has been welcomed by David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East. Funding for repairs is being made available under the Fishery Harbours and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2013.

“I am pleased that Cork County Council has been granted funding for the refurbishment project at McDonald’s Quay in Youghal, which lies right in the centre of the town. I understand that the project will include the repair of the masonry walls and the slip deck,” said David Stanton.

Through their Fishery Harbours and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will fund a maximum of 75% of the project cost, totalling €57,000. The total project costs is estaimated at €76,000 with Cork County Council making up the difference.

Mayor of County Cork and local County Councillor, Barbara Murray also welcomed the news. Barbara Murray is also a member of Youghal Town Council who put forward the application to Cork County Council.

“This announcement is great news for Youghal and shows the level of commitment from Minister Coveney to maritime development in the Cork area. As a member of Cork County Council’s Coastal Management Committee I was very pleased that the McDonald Quay refurbishment with placed very high on the Council’s priority list for Departmental funding. The development will really improve the infrastructure in Youghal,” said Cllr Murray.

Deputy Stanton also noted this project’s potential to boost tourism in Youghal.

“With Youghal’s location on the seafront and Blackwater estuary, I warmly welcome any funding which helps boosts water sports and marine pursuits in the town. I imagine work will begin relatively soon on this project as I understand works must be completed before the end of the year”, concluded David Stanton TD