Ireland's Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced details of a €2.2m package to assist 13 coastal local authorities undertake and complete 52 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.

The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities, including some leisure marine developments.

The €112,500 is for the installation of the pontoon which the local community has already procured at Schull in West Cork, one of Europe's most western leisure harbours.

Other West Cork locations are also to get funding for improvements, including €56,250 for Glengarriff Pier to upgrade and improve the existing pier, along with new steel steps and safety rails.

The local authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2018 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved capital projects, with the local authority providing the balance.