The business case for the redevelopment of Inis Oírr pier is at "an advanced stage" and is likely to be signed off by Minister Heather Humphreys in the coming weeks.
This will allow the Galway County Council to proceed to the tender stage of the process, and the appointment of a contractor to carry out the works.
The news has been welcomed by Fine Gael Senator Sean Kyne. "The Inis Oírr pier project is vital for the future of the island and the safety of harbour users, both islanders and visitors," he said. "This project has been in discussion for a long period and I’m very pleased that progress is being made."