Written answers

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Harbours and Piers

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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226. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide assistance in relation to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15281/22]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Ros An Mhil and Killybegs under statute.

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). 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.

The matter referred to by the Deputy relates to the use of the slip and parking of vehicles in the operation of a water activity business at Dingle Fishery Harbour Centre for which the individual concerned was granted a licence in 2021. The annual fee is set out in the licence which was signed by the individual concerned. In acknowledgement of the impact of Covid19 public health restrictions on the operation of such a business, a concession was offered on the licence fee for 2021 and the licence holder was advised on this basis. As no such restrictions are now in force, the full charges set out in the licence are due in order for the licence to remain in force.


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