Thursday, 29 April 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
163. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a payment plan will be accepted in respect of outstanding harbour charges from a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22440/21]
My Department owns, manages and maintains the six State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl.
Charges for the use of the facilities at each of the six Fishery Harbour Centres are set out in secondary legislation by means of the Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates and Charges) Order 2012 (S.I. No. 214 of 2012) which came into effect on the 1st July 2012. Income from these charges, rental income and other miscellaneous fees and charges pay for the day to day operational costs of the Fishery Harbour Centres.
This case is the subject of legal proceedings. That said, the Department would be prepared to consider a proposal for clearing the arrears via a payment plan over a realistic timeframe. Any such proposal should be submitted through legal channels to the Department's solicitor.