Funding of €49,500 has been approved for coastal protection works at Leenane, and is in addition to €135,000 previously allocated for the works.
The grant will allow the rock armour works, adjacent to the local graveyard and the Parochial House, to continue. The allocation was approved by the Minister of State for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O'Donovan.
Fine Gael Senator, and Government Seanad Whip, Sean Kyne, welcomed the funds, calling them "significant". It is the latest in a series of allocations following major storm damage in 2018. "The works will protect vulnerable parts of Leenane from erosion and flooding," he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Planning, Peter Burke TD, regarding a Foreshore Licence for the area, said that the application is progressing and he expects the final legal papers from the Chief State Solicitor’s Office for signing by mid-September following which the new works can proceed in Leenane.”