Minister for the OPW, Simon Harris to visit Rosses Point Beach: McLoughlin

‘Plan to obtain departmental funding will be discussed’

Sligo News File Online.

Tony McLoughlin, TD. Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

Minister of State, at the Department of Finance, with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Simon Harris TD, will visit Rosses Point Beach this Friday, 13th February 2015 to see, first-hand, the effects which both the recent storm damage and coastal erosion is having on the local community in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.

Constituency TD, Tony McLoughlin said the minister “will meet with a delegation from Sligo County Council, local business people from the area, as organised by Mr. Paul Keyes of Sligo Chamber of Commerce, and members of the local community in order to discuss
the effects which erosion is having on Rosses Point Beach and as such the local community, which is a major tourism location in Co. Sligo.”

A plan to obtain departmental funding will be discussed at the meeting and it is hoped that a new application by Sligo County Council will benefit from these discussions with the Minister and his officials, he said.

“Throughout 2014, I made several representations to the OPW about the need for funding for repairs to the beach after the storms of December 2013. I also raised the importance of the need
to build new costal defences in Rosses Point to combat this occurring again in the future, and this is what this visit is really about.

“It is great to be able to convince the Minister to come down and visit the area and meet with the local community here” he said.

The minister will  later attend a number of other engagements in the county with Deputy Tony McLoughlin.