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Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I want to raise the urgent need for a redress scheme for the families in Donegal affected by mica. As the Taoiseach knows, thousands of families are affected. I understand that he took about an hour to meet one of those families and to see for himself the scale of devastation. We understood, late last year, that an announcement of the scheme was imminent. There were joyous celebrations...

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I said on the last day when we debated this issue two weeks ago, that we had dealt with this legislation two years ago. It came to this House from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture Food and Marine, which had hearings with all of the fishing representative organisations. Every one of them was in opposition to the legislation, as presented then, and hoped their concerns would be...

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I move amendment No. 2:In page 3, line 12, after “boat” to insert “or a boat used for the purposes of aquaculture”. The Minister can see the objective of this amendment. I would like to get clear clarification from him for the record.

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I want to get clarification from the Minister. The idea of allowing Irish boats access to Irish waters is accepted, but the issue of allocation of stocks is a concern. Will the Minister make it clear that his ability, or that of his Department, to allocate stocks is excluded from the legislation? Will he make it clear that this legislation does not facilitate the allocation of stocks?...

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Yes, it has been moved, but I ask the Minister to address the issues I have raised rather than the amendment.

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I wish to be clear - I have the press release in my hands now. There is nothing in this press release to suggest that everyone who was present at the meeting last Thursday was in agreement that they supported the legislation. That is not what it says. I spoke to the Irish Fish Producers Organisation and the National Inshore Fisheries Forum this evening before I came to the debate. They...

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I cannot be clear enough. The press statement does not say they have signed off on these amendments. It does not say that.

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I am not referring to a veto.

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: The principle those of us on this side of the House are seeking is for the Minister to engage in meaningful dialogue to attempt to address the concerns of these people. The Bill will be before the Dáil on Thursday. I know the Minister wants to get this legislation through. I think there are many positives around the legislation. We want to reinstate access for Irish boats of a...

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Will the Minister respond?

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: There is one issue the Minister did not address. One issue the legislation does not permit is the allocation. It allows access but it does not increase quotas or give access to the Irish stocks for quota.

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I will set out what I am going to do. I am willing to withdraw the amendment on the basis that the Minister will engage in further discussions in the coming days. The Minister is aware of where the amendment comes from and what the concern is. I call on the Minister to reflect on this at least. There will be conversations with other political parties in the coming days. This call will...

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: What about the others?

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: The Minister is absolutely ruling out any further conversation. Is that correct?

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Will the Minister reflect on it?

Seanad: Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (26 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: If the Minister could even say he is reflecting on this, that would leave us open to more conversation tomorrow.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I second the proposal to amend the Order of Business to take only Committee Stage of the Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017. We could have tabled a proposal that the Bill not be discussed at all today but this is a compromise amendment we are putting to the Government. We debated the Bill two years ago. I have with me detailed submissions made by pretty much all the fishing representative...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Everything is in chaos across the water. The Government has not consulted in any meaningful way with these organisations during the past two years.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Nothing was done for two years until last night. No efforts were made to address the fishing organisations' concerns. We will debate the amendments on Committee Stage, but before the Government deals with Report Stage, it must demonstrate it has engaged in meaningful consultation with the fishing organisations who presented to the Oireachtas committee, and whose contributions are all on the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Mar 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Hear, hear.

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