Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Michael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
It is important to put on record what exactly we propose to do, which is to reinstate a reciprocal arrangement that existed long before the London convention was agreed in the early 1960s, which recognised that there were established fishing patterns in play. What happened in October 2016 is the Supreme Court found that our arrangements were struck down in that context. Fishermen in the Republic of Ireland still enjoy a right and entitlement to fish in the Northern Ireland inshore sector. We are merely proposing to reinstate by legislation an arrangement that existed up to then.