Greencastle is a small fishing town on the Inishowen peninsula, at the mouth of Lough Foyle. Its fleet fishes in UK waters. Its catch is driven to Ireland through Northern Ireland, and to Europe through the UK. The fishing co-op and its members are some of the most exposed people to Brexit to be found anywhere. But when we met, what they wanted to talk about was investment.
They’re upgrading their own facilities. A breakwater, half built, needs to be completed. This will allow safer landings and the building of a deepwater quay. And this quay is, well, the key. It would allow more and bigger trawlers to dock. It would get around the current tidal restrictions. And it would also allow big cruise ships to dock. This is not wishful thinking. The Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners run the port in Derry City. They too want the deepwater quay at Greencastle. Some of their team were instrumental in bringing cruise ships to Ireland in the 1990s. They believe 30 ships a year to Greencastle is a reasonable estimate, with tourism opportunities across Donegal and Derry.