Rossaveal Harbour in Connemara could become a strategic hub for the floating offshore windfarm sector with the potential of creating up to 900 jobs, according to a new report.

The report, commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta, was launched this morning by the Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue.

It says the urgent development of Rossaveal as a support port for the floating offshore wind sector would represent a major opportunity for the Galway Gaeltacht and the wider economy, that could revitalise the west coast of Ireland, from Loop Head to Belmullet.

With a number of offshore wind farms being planned off the West coast, Udarás says Rossaveal is at a geographical advantage to service these facilities, and already has planning permission for a deepwater port.

The report outlines a number of possible scenarios that would see Rossaveal Harbour being developed to support to offshore wind industry, and Udarás will now work with Government departments to try and secure the millions of euro required to develop the infrastructure.

Speaking to Midwest News, Mark de Faoite of Údarás na Gaeltachta said it makes sense, as wind energy is such a vital part of tackling climate change...