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Hook Lighthouse Re-opening This Weekend

The world-famous Hook Lighthouse is reopening to visitors this weekend with access being made available to the outdoor facilities only.

Manager Lorraine Waters says, “We are delighted to be able to re-open again. It has been such a challenging year for everyone and we know that Hook is a place of joy and refuge for many so we are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to our grounds. Under current restrictions, we can't offer tours or indoor shopping and dining facilities however we will have our outdoor exhibitions open, our playground and our Seahorse Snack bar will be serving hot drinks and snacks. The grounds at the 800-year old-lighthouse will open on weekends from December 12 until December 29 and also on January 1, 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

EU €6.1 Billion Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund

Minister the Marine Charlie McConalogue says that provisional agreement has been reached between the European Council and European Parliament on the text of the new European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) which will disperse a €6.108 billion budget over the 2021-27 period to promote the sustainable development of the European Union’s seafood sector.

Following final legal and technical scrutiny of the agreed text, the proposal will go to the EU Council and the EU Parliament for endorsement, with enactment expected early in 2021.

“Agreement has now been reached on the new EU Fund to replace the EMFF for the next seven years 2021-27. Ireland is set to receive some €142 million of EU funds from the new Fund, to be combined with co-funding from the Government .This is very good news for Ireland’s fishermen, fish farmers, processors and coastal communities. My Department has been working to put together a new Seafood Development Programme for the period and this will allow the remaining elements of that Programme to be advanced with a view to adoption of the new Programme later in 2021.”