Seanad debates

Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters

Inshore Fisheries

10:30 am

Photo of Garret AhearnGarret Ahearn (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Minister of State for his reply, which was appreciated. It is the detail I am looking for. I acknowledge that the response states IFI will provide the detail.I am referring to the simple things. The IFI says it gets weekly calls to the hotline and that it responds to them in a timely manner, but there is no information about how many calls it gets per week. It would be good to get detailed information on the number of nets that have been seized per year for the last ten years. That would be extremely helpful, as would information on the fixed charging. If it reviews each week's activities, surely it will have detailed information about that review. Could it provide that detailed information as well?

At the end of the day, poaching is happening on a weekly basis. There are safety and intimidation concerns for fishermen. Their fear is that they have to manage it. People are giving up fishing in Tipperary because of what is happening with poaching by people who are coming from outside our county and taking the fish. That is not acceptable. The last thing I will say is that there is a concern - and I hope this is not the case - that members of the upper management are too busy firefighting issues at a higher level to deal with the bread-and-butter issues of day-to-day work that effects people in my county.


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