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Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys allocates almost €286,000 for capital works on offshore islands

  • Investment in infrastructure projects on islands off Cork, Mayo and Donegal
  • Funding to see improvements to roads, piers, helipads and public toilets


Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys, T.D., has today (Tuesday, May 24th) allocated almost €286,000 for capital works on island infrastructure projects around the country.


The funding will see improvements made to roads, piers, helipads and public toilets.


The funding has been allocated to Cork, Mayo and Donegal County Councils as follows: 


Cork County Council


Mayo County Council


Donegal County Council



The funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development will cover up to 90% of the capital cost for these projects while the local authorities will provide the balance.


This is the latest tranche of capital funding for island infrastructure projects in 2022, with over €2 million of grants announced earlier in the year and a further funding announcement in respect of other islands expected later in the year.


The islands to benefit from this round of funding are Cléire, Sherkin Island, Heir Island, Whiddy Island and Bere Island in County Cork, Inis Bigil (Doran’s Point) and Claggan in County Mayo, Island Roy and Toraigh in County Donegal.


Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:


Supporting our island communities by investing in infrastructure is a key commitment under our five year Government development policy, ‘Our Rural Future’.


“These projects will further enhance island life for both the local communities and indeed visitors alike.


“This is particularly important in terms of supporting the tourism industry on our offshore islands.


“Today’s announcement is further evidence of our commitment to our island communities – and will be followed by additional funding announcements in the weeks and months to come.”






Island Roy:

Access Road L10421

Co. Donegal



Replacement ducting for lights at helipad and the associated groundworks

Co. Donegal



Consultants to complete design for slipway, and submission of foreshore licence application along with any necessary environmental studies

Co. Donegal


Machaire Rabhartaigh pier:

Environmental and marine study

Co. Donegal


Claggan Island:

Continuation of works on the access road through the Causeway to Claggan Island

Co. Mayo


Doran’s Point:

Works to Car Park at Doran’s Point access to Inis Bigil

Co. Mayo



Upgrade of public toilets

Co. Cork



Middle Battery feasibility study

Co. Cork


Heir Island:

Installation of pontoon at East Pier

Co. Cork



Resurfacing road L4201

Co. Cork



Rock Armour to build-up washed away footing for existing stone wall at Cow Strand.

Co. Cork



New lighting for the helipad

Co. Cork