Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Aquaculture Licensing Process: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

3:30 pm

Mr. John Quinlan:

The Senator was referring to a particular case. The answer I gave the last time was absolutely the correct answer. It is the only answer I can give today. For the record, if the Department had departed from the legislation, at the time, it rightly would have been held to account, either through ALAB, the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board, or through a judicial review of the procedures.

I know, because of the interest which existed at the time in the area over this case, that an enormous amount of examination of the Department's procedures took place. They were not found to be at variance with the legislation. I can say no more today. The licence is standing. It speaks for itself.