Doyle, Avril

Thursday, 9 April 1987

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 371 No. 10

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dumping of Fish.

Has the Minister given any thought to the provision of a subsidy to ensure that the fish that is now being dumped will be brought to those counties that are in a position to make use of it such as Wex...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Kowloon Bridge Sinking.

Would the Minister give a brief update on the exact position of the Kowloon Bridge, particularly the ongoing risk of further oil spillages, vis-à-vis their effect on marine life and fishermen? Would t...More Button

Perhaps the Minister would reply to the second part of the question in view of the difficulties experienced by the various voluntary groups in processing their claims to the insurers. In view of the ...More Button

May I take up a point?More Button

It is in relation to legal costs——More Button

It is the principle rather than the specific to which I wish to refer. The fishermen and the environmentalists will not be in a position to put money towards chasing insurance claims. If it comes to...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Oyster Disease.

asked the Minister for the Marine the number of fish pathologists working at the Fisheries Research Centre; if it is sufficiently staffed; and if it would cope with a disaster.More Button

asked the Minister for the Marine if he will introduce a compensation system for oyster producers affected by the ban on the movement of oysters.More Button

The Minister made the point that one fish pathologist is employed at the Fisheries Research Centre but is he aware that the pathologist is leaving tomorrow? What has he done to replace him? Does he ...More Button

Is the Minister saying that another histopathologist is replacing the man leaving the FRC tomorrow? Is he also saying that one is sufficient for this detailed and specific kind of work? At the momen...More Button

What are the Minister's plans to replace the fish pathologist who is leaving tomorrow? Will he provide sufficient staff to cope with the crisis which has hit this most important industry?More Button

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle——More Button

It is on the same point and it would be better for continuity to finish one point.More Button

I hope you will allow me to ask three or four questions. Can the Minister confirm whether a histo-pathologist is being appointed to replace the man who is leaving the Fisheries Research Centre tomor...More Button

Just the Act under which it was made.More Button

Will it hold up?More Button

Of course, verbatim.More Button

Is the Minister satisfied?More Button

What about enabling legislation?More Button

Do we need new licensing legislation for this industry?More Button

I had two questions.More Button

I asked the Minister several questions all rolled into one. Licensing is not divorced from legislation. Do we need enabling legislation urgently to allow us to licence this industry as they have dem...More Button

The Minister's banning order has nothing to do with licensing. I had several questions rolled into the supplementary. What legislation does the Minister plan to introduce in order to control the lice...More Button

It does from the legislation question.More Button

What are his qualifications?More Button

I beg the Chair's indulgence as it is one of my priority questions.More Button

We are dealing with four very important questions on a most topical issue and we should be given sufficient time to debate them.More Button

I should like to ask the Minister to review the issue of compensation in view of his response to our questions. Is the Minister aware that in the UK the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries ha...More Button

In fact, the French have reseeding grants.More Button

If we get a fish pathologist we will continue to avoid that.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - BIM.

asked the Minister for the Marine the role he plans for BIM in view of the stated intention that his Department would co-ordinate the activities of BIM and other Government agencies involved in the ma...More Button

In view of the Minister's stated priority — as quoted in The Irish Times of 7 April — to increase efficiency and dispense with duplication in BIM, I should like him to tell us how there will be increa...More Button

I find it difficult to understand how we will have increased efficiency and less duplication — I laud that as one of the Minister's priorities — if three State bodies, CTT, BIM and Roinn na Mara will ...More Button

Will CTT or BIM do the marketing or will both of them do it?More Button

The Minister has rescinded that?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fish Quotas.

asked the Minister for the Marine the proposals, if any, he has to pursue Ireland's case for an increase in fish quotas which is urgently needed for the industry.More Button

I should like the Minister to assure the House that in view of the fact that it was his good self who in 1982 agreed our slice of the cake — 4.6 per cent of the TAC — we can expect him to press aggres...More Button

The Minister knows better than that. It was in January.More Button

I hope it will not be too long. Can the Minister recall — I am sure he knows quite well — that the details were signed, sealed and nailed down when there was a change of Government in December 1982? ...More Button

It is rather important.More Button

I stand by it. One Government honours a previous Government's commitments. That was our position. Will the fishing industry have to wait until 1992 for any substantial change in relation to the TAC ...More Button

I accept that.More Button

What about the flagellate species?More Button

Is there any indication that we will have a case for an increased percentage of the TAC this year based on egg surveys?More Button

Egg surveys, where they find what the BIM chairman calls paper fish.More Button

As a percentage.More Button

If I could——More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fishing Industry.

asked the Minister for the Marine the plans, if any, he has submitted or will be submitting to ensure Ireland gains maximum advantage from the EC over the next ten years from the structural measures f...More Button

This question is tied up with the last one. Will the Minister agree with me that to gain maximum advantage from the new structures plan and for our multi-annual guidance plan or programme that we hav...More Button

Will we be looking for laying up premiums and grants rather than grants for fleet investment and for exploratory fishing? Without an increase in our percentage of the TAC it would be for laying up. ...More Button

Are the Government prepared to invest up to 25 per cent as will be required of them to obtain the 40 per cent grant that will be available in Europe for fleet investment, particularly for investing in...More Button

How can we gain maximum advantage from the structures plan unless we match the European money with money here, from the Irish Government, as will be necessary? Will we be taking the line that we will...More Button

Are the Government going to follow our example?More Button

Will the Government put up the money to do so?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Proposed Marine Research and Technology Institute.

asked the Minister for the Marine if he will give details of the marine research and technology institute that the Government intend to set up; if provisions have been made to fund it; the way in whic...More Button

What are the Minister's plans for the future of the Fisheries Research Centre with or without a fish patholiogist if, and when, we set up the marine research technological institute, which I laud?More Button

Can the Minister give this House any guarantee on this? Much as we all welcome, in principle at any rate, the establishment of a marine research and technology institute which, indeed, is long overdu...More Button

I accept that it is early days yet and we must be, and indeed will be, reasonable. Has the Minister any time scale or projection for having this institute take effect? When would he expect it to be ...More Button


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