A local plan wants investment of three million pounds to develop the fishing industry at Valentia Harbour in Kerry.

Investment in infrastructure at fishing ports in the south west of the country is badly needed for the fishing industry here to develop.

A committee formed by local people to develop Valentia Harbour has estimated that government aid of three million pounds is required to upgrade facilities at Reenard Point, Knightstown and Portmagee.

At present Valentia Harbour has a fleet of thirty four fishing boats. The bigger boats must land their fish at Castletownbere and Galway as the home ports are too small.

The smaller boats are often hindered by conditions at Reenard pier, for which an extension is long overdue. While he supports an overall development plan, improvements at Reenard could be remedied in a matter of months believes local fisherman Mr McGuire. This would mean more boats could land their fish here,

There'll be an immediate benefit to the whole locality.

Reenard has one fish factory and there is also a small cooperative in Caherciveen, but as with most regional development the primary issue is,

To get the civil servants in Dublin to realise the resource that fishing represents.

Will a development plan ever come to fruition? The committee has engaged with officials from the Department of Fisheries and Forestry. Local development officer Denis Cournane is confident that things are moving in the right direction,

The proposal is at present being investigated...we would hope for a fair response soon.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 August 1982. The reporter is Tom Mac Sweeney.