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Caladh Mor Sheltered Harbour Development
(30th May 2007) SIAC Construction Ltd. is currently undertaking a project on Inis Meain, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.
The project is titled Caladh Mór Sheltered Harbour Development and involves the construction of a pier, breakwater, berthing pool and navigation channel.
As part of SIAC and the Construction Industry Federation’s ongoing drive to educate school children as to the dangers of construction sites a school visit was organised to Scoil Náisiúnta, Inis Meain and Coláiste Naomh Eoin, the primary and secondary schools on the Island. The talk was conducted trí Gaeilge and was enthusiastically received by the teachers and pupils alike.
Lorcán O Callaráin principle of Coláiste Naomh Eoin said “It was important for the students to know the dangers of the site, especially with the summer coming up. The site is close to beach, which is popular during the summer months. It’s nice to see that SIAC and the CIF have taken an active interest in the local community by highlighted the dangers of the site and building awareness amongst the student’s”. The visiting team included Marty Healy, Project Manager, SIAC Construction Ltd, Tanya Soden, Health and Safety Co-ordinator, SIAC Construction Ltd and Aidan Burke, Executive, The Construction Industry Federation.
The project is funded by the Dept. Of Community, Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs
and Galway County Council. Niall Ó Murchadha a member of The Comhar Chumann
(Co-Op) of Inis Meain said “We have striven for very many years to have this
basic infrastructural facility, which has been and is so badly needed to
ensure the viability of the island community into the future. This development
will enable boats to berth overnight and it will provide access during weather
conditions which make the existing pier dangerous. We would like to thank
Éamon Ó Cuív, Minister for Community, Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs, his
department and Galway County Council.”