Wednesday, 1 May 1974
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Lemass: asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the extent to which An Bord Iascaigh Mhara assisted fishermen in acquiring boats in 1973: whether they provide assistance to fishing co-operatives and coastal fishery distribution centres at fishing ports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mr. M.P. Murphy: The information sought in the first part of the question is not readily available in respect of the calendar year 1973 but I propose to furnish it in respect of the board's financial year 1973-74 from 1st April, 1973 to 31st March, 1974. In that year grants totalling £386,500 and loans totalling £1,276,000 were provided by An Bord Iascaigh Mhara to fishermen for the acquisition of boats. Financial assistance is available from the board to fishing co-operatives and coastal traders for the construction of certain types of fish handling facilities and resource development. I will be glad to supply the Deputy with any further information he requires in regard to the board's services.
Mr. Molloy: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that assistance available to fishermen for the purchase of vessels from EEC sources is confined to fishing vessels with a steel hull and that no such vessels are manufactured in this country?
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