Government blaims council for Greencastle harbour pull-out

The government has laid the blame for its decision to pull out of the Greencastle Harbour Project at the door of Donegal County Council despite claims to the contrary by the County Manager.

Senator Cecilia Keaveney raised the issue in the Seanad this afternoon calling on the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to explain the government decision to shelve the project.

It had been agreed that the 30 million euro plus project would be match funded by Donegal County Council, to date 8 million euro has been spent but Donegal County Council has 900 thousand euro outstanding.

At a recent council meeting County Manager Michael McLoone said he beleived this was not the reason for the government pulling out of the project.

But this afternoon Minister of State Tony Killeen appeared to contradict that:
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Responding Senator Keaveney called for an urgent meeting between the minister and the council to address the issues raised:
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