Cruiser overcrowding on Lough Derg is set to ease with the opening of new community-managed jetty in Ballina, which was officially opened by the Minster for the Marine, Simon Coveney.
Cllr Phyll Bugler of the organising group, Friends of the Lake, explained that the ongoing shortage of public berthing spaces in Ballina often caused cruisers to be tied four abreast at the existing North Tipperary stone pier. The group applied to North Tipperary LEADER Partnership for funding for a public jetty and the community has taken a 30-year lease on the facility. Cllr Jonathan Meaney, vice-chair, LEADER Partnership, praised the local community effort and said that NTLP were happy to be in position to provide €142,000 grant aid,
Deputy Noel Coonan said: “We are always eager to attract visitors to Tipperary. This facility that will undoubtedly attract many welcome tourists,”