Daly, Brendan

Thursday, 2 February 1989

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 386 No. 5

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Marine Sport Angling.

As the Deputy will recall I announced on 4 November last that I had instructed my Department to expedite the preparation of a development plan for inland fisheries and, in particular, for sport anglin...More Button

The ESRI report to which the Deputy refers was published very recently. Its contents have been drawn to the attention of each of the regional fisheries boards and the central fisheries board. Long b...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rod Licence Dispute.

I have received the proposals referred to by the Deputy. I have welcomed this as a reasonable and positive contribution to the debate on the licensing issue. The alterations in licence fees announce...More Button

I moved very positively on the proposals and discussed them with the various representative associations and others. We decided to reduce the composite licence — which is in line with the recommendat...More Button

I have made it clear on numerous occasions that, within the framework of the relevant legislation, there is room for flexibility. Always we have been prepared to be flexible in the operation of this ...More Button

Obviously the Deputy has not read the report.More Button

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Replacement of MV Dolores.

As far back as September 1987, I decided to limit entry of additional beam trawlers on to the Irish fleet to tonne for tonne replacement. This was, and remains, necessary because the number of such b...More Button

The problem is not capacity but the scarcity of fish. Unfortunately there is more than adequate capacity to catch the sole quota we have at present. Allowing further capacity would damage the people ...More Button

The application was to replace this vessel with a larger one at a time when we are trying to cut down the capacity and conserve the stocks which are threatened. That is, unfortunately, the situation....More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Salvage Tug.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in the control and management of the Yarrawonga incident. The co-operparticularly, the successful management of the Yarrawonga...More Button

The present arrangement whereby tugs, equipment and expertise can be chartered as required is probably more suitable, given the relatively small number of incidents. One has to consider whether we wo...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Marine Research Institute.

I intend to have a marine institute established as soon as possible. However, in order that the institute be set up on a firm statutory basis, legislation is required. The heads for this legislation...More Button

There has been no undue delay. The legislation has to be prepared. Many issues have to be taken into account. There are various institutes already in operation and the responsibility of the institut...More Button

As I indicated in my first reply, the responsibility of the institute would be to co-ordinate the existing research which is being carried out by various agencies and organisations such as the Fisheri...More Button

It is our priority to get the legislation before the House. We expect to have it before the House this year. Not only have we existing resources in the areas I mentioned already but we have also und...More Button

I am surprised the Deputy has witnessed anxiety on the part of the people involved in this area. The general understanding throughout the whole marine area is that it is an area that has been relativ...More Button

There are two ways in which the institute could have been established, one of which is on an interim basis pending the enactment of legislation. It is my view that it should be set up on a proper sta...More Button

That has been already clearly identified.More Button

Quite an amount of fisheries and maritime research has been undertaken in the west generally. It is an area that is ideally suited for this institute.More Button

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 14 together. In October 1987 my Department claimed approximately IR£1.75 million from the ship's insurers in respect of the State's costs. After protracted nego...More Button

The insurers have already made an offer——More Button

The insurers made an offer of £1 million which I felt was unacceptable — I still believe so — and I rejected it. I have asked the legal advisers to proceed to recover the full amount due.More Button

I have already given to the House a detailed breakdown of how the figure was arrived at but I can make it available to the Deputy if he wishes.More Button

Yes, £1.75 million.More Button

I have already given the figure for the claim we have lodged in this instance and a breakdown of the claims submitted by each individual Department. As I have said, we received an offer of £1 million ...More Button

We sought the views of the Chief State Solicitor who was subsequently requested to take court proceedings in the matter. That is the position at this stage.More Button

That is a matter for the legal advisers. I am not prepared to say any more at this stage except that an offer has been made and we did not accept it. We have instructed the legal advisers to issue pr...More Button

The only indication we have is that it takes a long time to process cases of this nature. In some cases it takes years to conclude proceedings. I do not wish to say anything further at this stage wh...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fishing Licences.

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 11 and 35 together. The detailed information on rod licence sales in 1988 is contained in the attached schedules, which have been already given to the Deputy. The al...More Button

No. I believe that the reduction will make the whole system more manageable, more successful and more acceptable to the general body of the angling community. Rather than losing any revenue, I antic...More Button

The figure which is relevant for me is that under the previous voluntary system which was in operation in 1987 the sum total of £21,576 was collected. In the western area the amount was £181. Under ...More Button

These are the figures that are relevant.More Button

If we got some support from people like the Deputy opposite, it would be far more beneficial for the development of the fisheries.More Button

I anticipated when I introduced the scheme last year, that we would receive £500,000. We have actually got £400,000. There is substantially more money available, if there was general agreement on th...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Harbour Development.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13, 20, 22, 27, 28, 32 and 34 together. I have considered the report of the planning review group at some length and I have had it examined by officials in my Departme...More Button

I have set out very clearly what the position is. We have examined the report of the planning review group and have formulated proposals arising from it, which now go to the Government for their fina...More Button

As I have said already, I welcome the report which sets out a very broad blueprint for the overall development in Dún Laoghaire. As I have said, too, I am not prepared to make any further statement a...More Button

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A Cheann Comhairle, I think it is an excellent report and every opportunity was afforded, to the best of my information, by the planning review group to people to put forward their views and considere...More Button

I am fully aware of the views that have been expressed prior to the establishment of the planning review group. I visited Dún Laoghaire and attended numerous meetings——More Button

——and met various groups. I do not accept that there will be any invasion of Dún Laoghaire; certainly we do not contemplate that. In my view we are not helping the situation by having a further revi...More Button

I do not anticipate any undue delay on the Government's part. So far as I am concerned the Government have given me the responsibility to promote the development of marinas and to promote the developm...More Button

The group recommended that the management and development of the harbour should be entrusted to an authority consisting of a chairman and six ordinary members appointed by the Minister for the Marine ...More Button

The overall development of Dún Laoghaire should be considered in a broad general way and the precise position should be set out in the overall context. I cannot pre-empt the Government decision.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Port Area Land.

I have recently given my consent in principle to a request for my approval to the sale by Dublin Port and Docks Board of 15 acres of their land. The board have indicated that it is not needed for port...More Button

No proposals have been tabled with regard to that matter.More Button

There have been no talks and no proposals.More Button

For some time the Department and the Dublin Port and Docks Board have been anxious to dispose of surplus assets. This is a surplus asset of about 15 acres of land and other land in that vicinity has ...More Button

It is not a matter for me to seek observations on proposals which I have not seen. I have been asked to give my authority in principle to the approval and I have not finally approved the sale. I hav...More Button

My responsibility is in relation to the development of port facilities and the advice and view of the Dublin Ports Authority is that this is a surplus asset which they do not require for port developm...More Button

The Deputy is confusing the issue.More Button

The formal consent to the sale will have to come before me when the final contracting documents are completed. I have given the Authority agreement in principle to the disposal of an asset which they ...More Button

Financial Resolutions, 1989. - Financial Resolution No. 8: General (Resumed).

It was your colleague, Deputy D. O'Malley who planned all that.More Button

It was when Deputy D. O'Malley was Minister for Industry and Commerce.More Button

Deputy Jacob has a valuable contribution which I should like to allow him to make by sharing my time with him.More Button

It means that I would have 20 minutes and Deputy Jacob ten minutes.More Button

Last year saw a continuation of improvement in economic performance. Both output and exports continued to grow, inflation rates remain historically low and the substantial reduction achieved in intere...More Button

Written Answers. - Fish Landings.

At the outset let me stress that there are no powers available to me to require boats to land fish in Irish ports or to discriminate in favour of boats landing in Ireland. Where boats land depends pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Howth Harbour (Dublin) Development.

The further development of Howth Harbour will be considered when it comes under my Department's control following its designation as a fishery harbour centre under the Fishery Harbour Centres Acts, 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Sea-Fishing Boat Licence.

A licence application in respect of the company named was refused in respect of a pelagic freezer vessel. It has been long-standing policy that new mackerel vessels may only be licensed on a replaceme...More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Vessels' Tonnages.

It has been suggested to my Department that there are some anomalies as between the systems employed to register the tonnage of fishing vessels in different countries. This matter is being examined a...More Button

Written Answers. - River Feale Fish Kills.

Information available to my Department indicates that there were 30 recorded incidents of fish kills on the River Feale since 1973. The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board and Kerry County Council have b...More Button

Written Answers. - Sewage Waste Disposal.

My Department is not aware of any current proposals to dump sewage waste in the Atlantic. In 1987 and 1988 two proposals from British companies to dump sewage in the Atlantic were discussed by officia...More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Fleet Tonnage.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 30 and 31 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Salmon Fisheries Review.

The Salmon Review Group report was published in January 1988. The report covered all aspects of salmon fishing and made a number of major policy recommendations as well as putting forward a wide rang...More Button

Written Answers. - Grants Applications for Marinas.

From time to time there have been inquiries to my Department regarding the availability of grants for the construction of marinas. Unfortunately my Department does not have moneys to grant-aid marina...More Button

Written Answers. - Harbour Works Order.

The application from Galway Harbour Commissioners for a harbour works order is still under consideration. A decision will be made in due course.More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Licences.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 53 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Sole Fish Quota.

The Irish quota for sole in (Area V IIa) for 1989 is 180 tonnes and is a reduction of 35 tonnes on the 1988 level. This quota is based primarily on advice available to the EC Commission from its scie...More Button


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