Dáil debates

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Fisheries Protection

11:10 am

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

To be clear, our Department will be chairing and leading this. It is a commitment the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, gave when he launched the river basin plan in April of this year because it is an important area of work, for all the reasons the Deputy has outlined. I again commend all the stakeholders for coming together around the table. It is very clear to me there is a good working relationship. ESB is a key player on this and has been very proactive in regard to the conservation of fish species over the years and has tried many different mitigation measures. It is certainly interested in and committed to bringing forward new solutions. Everyone around that table is committed. I believe the group covers all the stakeholders who should be there but if we find any are missing, we will take the chance to engage them. This is a proactive committee and stakeholder group that is trying to find a solution. It is not to block out anybody or to turn up our noses at any suggestion. It is to help solve the problem, which is what we are committed to doing.

Comments

Tom Walsh
Posted on 15 Dec 2018 11:35 am (Report this comment)

This Focus Group has been given an 18 month Timeline and needs to engage all parties involved.
To date only one meeting has taken place and no progress since then.
They need a serious Project Management team to pull this off . They need to Research/ Design/ Cost/ Evaluate/ Public Consultations and Prepare report.
At current pace this will not happen.
Every River in Ireland with A Hydro Dam has had a massive effect on its fish stocks. Urgent action is needed and not a talking shop.
At the end of 18 months [16 months from now] there has to be a fully costed and clear plan, that is ready to go, and funding in place !
Not a half hatched idea with no clear way forward. We have had 60 years of half hatched plans.
The Focus Group must appoint a serious project Manager for it to be in any way effective.

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