Sunday, 2 November 2008

€14m harbour for Aran Islands completed

A revolutionary new harbour costing €14m has been completed on one of the Aran Islands.

The development on Inis Meain off Co Clare used thousands of giant X-shaped concrete blocks which were cast from moulds by islanders.

The environmentally-sustainable harbour will improve local transport access as well as promote business and tourism links.

The €14m price tag for Ce an Chalaidh Mhoir included works such as dredging, the construction of a pier and breakwater, and parking facilities.

The development will be opened tomorrow by Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Eamon O'Cuiv and Natural Resources Minister Eamon Ryan.

Construction firm SIAC completed the work under the direction of Galway Co Council and RPS engineering consultants.

"The construction of this new harbour will help strengthen economic opportunities for the island's community," said Mr O'Cuiv.

"Given the remote location and high wave conditions, the project was logistically challenging."

The island has a population of 200 people mostly involved in the agriculture, fishing and tourism industries.

The construction of a major new pier on Inis Mor is also due to be completed soon.

Sunday Business Post

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