John Browne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources, has announced that he has allocated more than €3.52 million for important coastal protection works around the country in 2007.
Ireland has some of the most scenic coastline in the world - features like the Cliffs of Moher are recognised worldwide and are a major boon for our tourism industry. Not withstanding these most scenic natural phenomena, certain sections of our coastline are constantly under threat from erosion. The coastal protection programme aims to construct works that slow - or even halt - this process in places where the coastline is at its most vulnerable" - said Minister Browne.
"Generous funding has been allocated in 2007 for the initiation of vital new coastal protection works at important locations, such as - Ballinskelligs Castle, Duncannon & Accony and Louisburg. In addition, major coastal protection works will continue at some of the most scenic areas of our coastline at Rosslare Strand, Bundoran & Killiney" - continued the Minister.
"Last year, I initiated a comprehensive strategy review of our coastal protection programme. As worries about the potential effects that climate change could have upon our coastal regions increase, I have decided to accelerate progress on this review.
"Phases 2 & 3 of the review will be completed in 2007, which will determine future priorities in the area and how best to allocate our resources to ensure the preservation of our coastline and achieve the best value for money for taxpayers" - he concluded.