Waves of positivity

The cessation of work on the Greencastle breakwater is still seen as “temporary” by Minister Simon Coveney and plans are now in place for local bodies to meet with him shortly to lobby for the completion of the project.

These were the key points at Tuesday’s meeting in Dublin on the future of the Greencastle Harbour project, attended by government agencies, Donegal County Council and Greencastle harbour users.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ after the “positive” meeting, Seamus Bovaird of the Greencastle Harbour Users’ Group said there were a number of forward steps made in relation to the future of the project. He added that some additional funding options were mooted and Minister Joe McHugh TD committed to organising a meeting between Donegal County Council and GHUG with the Minister as soon as possible after the Budget, which they “welcomed.”

At the meeting, chaired by Minister of State for Rural Affairs, Ann Phelan, the project’s tourism potential was outlined by GHUG chairperson Charlie Cavanagh, with a Failte Ireland representative stating how Greencastle could become a discovery point of the Wild Atlantic Way, but only after the completion of the harbour project. At the request of the representatives from the relevant departments, Donegal County Council - which was represented by Inishowen Municipal District Director John McLaughlin - and the GHUG will now meet in the next two weeks to finalise the full plans for the entire project at the harbour, its projected uses and benefits and costings, which they will then bring back to the departments and the Minister. All departmental parties also agreed to meet among themselves separately to establish a more cohesive structure to progress the plans.

Mr Bovard said: “Minister McHugh did tell us that Minister Coveney is still of the view that the project is not closed.”