Simon Harris and Councillor Tom Fortune have been on the radio suggesting it wont be completed for 15 years, wanting firm information and whinging. Both of them campaigned to reject this visionary harbour project and they should check the facts before making these statements spreading alarm.
The harbour works are running about 4 months late because the waves have made it more difficult to lay the blocks than was anticipated. This work is now going to be done on two shifts over the Summer to try to complete most of the outer wall before Winter when bigger waves make it more difficult. A second barge is being brought in to speed up laying the rock armour. This is not the mark of a contract that is not proceeding.
The construction of the clubhouses (including piling) has been postponed to give total priority to the Harbour Walls.
There is a €10m bond in place to ensure completion. This is adequate as the €35m sea wall is more than half complete. We expect to open the harbour in the Autumn 2010 and the Southern half of the hoardings around the public square will come down then.
The boardwalk and homes will take 2 years from then to build though they could be mothballed for a bit. However the marine clubs, public slipways and Public Square will be open. October 2014 is the date when all the contract must be completed.
Years ago I arranged that the Council would employ a top lawyer on this complex project and the selection criteria included considering the financial strength of the bidders. The Council is in a strong position because of this preparation.