McConalogue welcomes funding for Donegal islands’ capital works

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue, has today (Tuesday, May 24th) confirmed allocation of €136,414 for capital works on Donegal islands infrastructure projects.

The funding will see improvements made to the access road to Island Roy, the helipad and slipway design for Toraigh Island, and an environmental study for Machaire Rabhartaigh pier. Donegal received the highest funding allocation.

Commenting, Minister McConalogue said “Investment in Donegal’s islands is crucially important for residents, for inshore fishers, for businesses and for tourism and I am happy to confirm that Donegal’s islands received the highest level of capital funding in this announcement. It is essential that we continue to invest in rural Ireland and its infrastructure. Thank you to Donegal County Council and to all the community groups for their ongoing work. “

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

Cork County Council €90,891
Mayo County Council €58,500
Donegal County Council €136,414

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 €2m of grants announced nationally earlier in the year and a further funding announcement in respect of other islands expected later in the year.


Island/Project County Grant
Island Roy:
Access Road L10421 Co. Donegal €13,500
Replacement ducting for lights at helipad and the associated groundworks Co. Donegal €14,320
Consultants to complete design for slipway, and submission of foreshore licence application along with any necessary environmental studies Co. Donegal €6,750
Machaire Rabhartaigh pier:
Environmental and marine study Co. Donegal €101,844
Claggan Island:
Continuation of works on the access road through the Causeway to Claggan Island Co. Mayo €31,500
Doran’s Point:
Works to Car Park at Doran’s Point access to Inis Bigil Co. Mayo €27,000
Upgrade of public toilets Co. Cork €14,400
Middle Battery feasibility study Co. Cork €18,000
Heir Island:
Installation of pontoon at East Pier Co. Cork €10,800
Resurfacing road L4201 Co. Cork €19,800
Rock Armour to build-up washed away footing for existing stone wall at Cow Strand. Co. Cork €13,500
New lighting for the helipad Co. Cork €14,391