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Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Michael Collins: I am delighted that we are having this long-awaited discussion on fisheries. I thank our leader, Deputy Mattie McGrath, for pushing the matter at the Business Committee on several occasions and eventually getting his way to have this very important debate take place at a very difficult time for Irish fisheries. I have been pushing very hard in recent times to get more debates in the House....

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Cathal Berry: As a Donegal man himself, I am sure the Minister fully appreciates the importance of the sea to this island nation, but most importantly to coastal and fishing communities around the country. I am pretty sure he also appreciates how dangerous it can be on the high seas, especially in the north Atlantic, and how many tragedies, unfortunately, have befallen the fishing communities in recent...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Verona Murphy: The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, SFPA, is one of a number of quangos responsible for the operation and regulation of our fishing industry. Based on what I have seen and heard in recent weeks, it may possibly be the most inaccurately named quango ever formed in this State. From its name, one would think that its main aim was to protect the fishing industry, but if one was to describe...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We are halfway through. I do not know how the Deputy is sharing the time but it is up to him.

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Paul Murphy: I will finish shortly. They have no protection in terms of health and safety. They suffer injury in many cases. For many of these fishers, it comes to an end when they suffer a significant injury and are no longer able to continue. They are then off the boat and the owner of the boat no longer cares about them. It is an absolute scandal which continues in this country. The International...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Mick Barry: This debate is happening in the context of a punitive intervention by the European Commission, which has declared no confidence in the authorities of this State in the prevention of over-quota fishing. Over the years, the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority has not fulfilled its responsibility in carrying out a credible number of inspections and properly pursuing cases of over-quota fishing....

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Johnny Mythen: I must start with the recent European Commission decision that fishers must weigh their catch at the pier. Be under no illusion that this will be, as described by local fishers, the final nail in the coffin for the fishing industry. In County Wexford, fishers landing at Kilmore Quay bring their catch a mere 200 m from the pier to the factory to be weighed. It is entirely counterproductive...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Louise O'Reilly: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak on this important topic. The north County Dublin coastline is one of the most beautiful and, indeed, productive parts of our island. Its coastal towns and villages are home to great scenery and a vibrant fishing industry, particularly inshore fishing. There are, however, many threats to north County Dublin, its communities and...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Paul Murphy: I am sharing time with Deputy Barry and, possibly, Deputy Boyd Barrett. In May 2019, the previous Fine Gael Government, propped up by Fianna Fáil, declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. So far, more than two years on, even with the Green Party now in government, those in power have completely failed to follow up that declaration with adequate action. The science is very...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

James O'Connor: I am sharing time with Deputy Ó Cathasaigh. An extensive part of the constituency of Cork East is coastal. The communities involved in the fisheries in Youghal and Ballycotton, in particular, have expressed significant concern to me about the level of investment in our local coastal infrastructure. From the standpoint of the aquacultural and marine activity in my constituency, I am...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I raise a few issues arising from my observations as a representative of a coastal community and fishing area and from concerns raised with me by civil society groups and representatives of fishers and other workers in the fishing sector. I have spoken on a number of occasions in the House about the marine and coastal environment in the context of Brexit and its related challenges for the...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Holly Cairns: Over the past few months in our discussions of the Common Agriculture Policy, CAP, the Minister has repeatedly informed me that his position is to seek as much national discrepancy, or flexibility as he calls it, as possible for CAP funding. He also informed me that the national CAP plan is “a matter of engaging fully with farmers throughout the country on what our plan should look...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Some Deputies are seeking copies of the Minister's speech. It would be helpful if we could have that. I call Deputy Buckley.

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Pat Buckley: I thank the Minister for his opening contribution. While we might not agree on some matters, we can agree that the Common Fisheries Policy has not been great for Ireland. It is archaic and dates back to the 1970s. We can also agree that the latest trade deal, incorporating a 15% reduction in quotas, will lead to an additional loss to fisher of €43 million. We can further agree that...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Tá áthas orm go bhfuil deis agam labhairt ar cheist cúrsaí iascaigh. I will begin by raising a small issue that perhaps the Minister can tackle for once and for all. He mentioned that as Minister, he inherited six harbours and then he got Cape Clear. Obviously, the Minister's Department did not tell him that he has a bit - I mean a bit - of Cleggan Pier. The fact that...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Mairead Farrell: Two weeks ago, I met with fishers from Inis Oírr who raised two key issues with me. First, they are deeply concerned at having to weigh the shellfish when they land it on Inis Oírr. There is no account taken of damage to, or incidental loss of, the catch before it travels back again by sea to the factories. The other key issue is the pier on Inis Oírr, which not only impacts...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

David Cullinane: I have previously raised with the Minister a number of issues relating to the fishing industry in County Waterford, primarily in Dunmore East. I want to revisit those issues today and highlight the requests of the fishing industry in the county. During our last debate on this matter, I invited the Minister to visit Dunmore East to see the opportunities that exist to restore the village to a...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We move to the Sinn Féin slot. Deputy Mac Lochlainn is sharing time with Deputies Mairéad Farrell and Cullinane.

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: The Minister has heard the remarks of his party colleague, Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan. I commend the Deputy on the graphs providing a visual display of the utter injustice in terms of the allocation of quota to the Irish fishing fleet. The current percentage of Irish waters that are within the overall jurisdiction of the Common Fisheries Policy is 12%. We have 12% of the waters but...

Fisheries and Coastal Communities: Statements (17 Jun 2021)

Christopher O'Sullivan: I thank the Minister for facilitating this debate. I express my disappointment at the lack of attendance in the Chamber for a debate on one of our most important sectors and the future of our coastal communities. That illustrates the challenge we and the fishing sector have in highlighting the huge obstacles, barriers and challenges it faces in making the sector viable. That is why a...

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