Planning ‘too little, too late’ for Killybegs businessman

A Killybegs businessman who is trying to open a seafood deli says he’s delighted to have obtained planning permission but worried that it’s too late to do any good.

A Killybegs businessman who is trying to open a seafood deli says he’s delighted to have obtained planning permission but worried that it’s too late to do any good.

John Shine, co-founder of Fishing for Jobs, told the Democrat yesterday: “I can’t say enough for the planning officials in Donegal County Council. They dealt with this application with the utmost professionalism. I really appreciate the way they stepped up to the mark and the business-like approach they took to the project all the way through.

“But what really scares me is that we’re still stuck in a swamp of bureaucracy with the Department of the Marine. I’ve asked them to extend my lease which has only seven years left to run. If the lease isn’t extended, there’s no way that I can afford to invest the monies needed to make the project work. “There’s no way that I’d recoup such an investment over seven years.

“There are other issues too, and there doesn’t seem to be any movement from the Department on any of the them. I’m not expecting to hear anything positive from the Department. They’ve made it very clear that they’re not ging to do anything to help make this project work. If it was up to them, I might as well board up the place now.

“It’s all in the hands of Minister Coveney now. Hopefully he will intervene in the matter as he’s already been very positive in any dealings I’ve had with him. “He’s expected to visit Killybegs at the beginning of June. Hopefully, once he sees firsthand the potential there, he’ll do something to break through all the bureaucrat red-tape that is strangling business here, and my project won’t be the only one to benefit.”