Noonan, Michael J.

Thursday, 20 June 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 410 No. 1

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Common Fisheries Policy.

Limerick West): I understand from the chairman that the advisory group are coming close to the end of this work and plan to report to me before the summer. It is my intention that the report should b...More Button

(Limerick West): As I have already indicated to the House, it is expected that the committee will report very shortly and the report will be widely available. The committee were set up on 10 February...More Button

(Limerick West): I expect that the report will be made available in July and will be published immediately. I welcome any recommendations with regard to the report. I have asked the committee to spee...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fire on MV Norrona.

(Limerick West): The passenger vessel Norrona is registered under the Danish flag and the casualty to which the Deputy refers occurred in British waters. This Administration, therefore, has no compet...More Button

(Limerick West): The Davies report deals with the matter purely from the point of view of maritime safety. The fire was extinguished by the crew of the vessel before the rescue services arrived, and ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fishery Harbours Development.

(Limerick West): The five major fishery harbours under the management and control of my Department are Howth, County Dublin, Dunmore East, County Waterford, Castletownbere, County Cork, Rossaveal, Cou...More Button

(Limerick West): That will vary from place to place but generally it is on a 50/50 basis. I do not have specific information concerning the ports and harbours outlined.More Button

(Limerick West): If the Deputy wishes to put down a specific question on any harbour I will be very glad to answer it. A general reply is that the other harbours certainly will not suffer.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Job Creation in Marine Area.

(Limerick West): The programmes set out in the Programme for Economic and Social Progress to develop the fishing industry are expected to lead to the creation of an estimated 1,450 full-time jobs and ...More Button

(Limerick West): I would be delighted to do that. In fishing there are 130 full-time jobs and 100 part-time jobs. In aquaculture there are 960 full-time jobs and 1,100 part-time jobs. In processing ...More Button

(Limerick West): I am sure the Deputy will agree that this information was not sought. If the Deputy would like to put down a question with regard to the number of jobs that have been created up to n...More Button

(Limerick West): The Deputy did not request it.More Button

(Limerick West): The present programme will develop in the same way as the previous programme. I can assure the Deputy that there will be substantial jobs created. For instance, during the period of...More Button

(Limerick West):——the industry grew from 12,100 jobs in 1987 to 15,600 jobs in 1990, an increase of 3,500 jobs. The volume of fish landed in Ireland by Irish registered vessels remains steady over th...More Button

(Limerick West): As I have indicated, the targets are well on line. As I further indicated, I have no reason to believe but that the present programme will be as successful as the previous one. Ind...More Button

(Limerick West): I will give the Deputy specific replies if he asks specific questions.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Land Reclamation.

(Limerick West): I assume that the Deputy is referring to Dublin Port and Docks Board's application to reclaim an area of 21 hectares of foreshore, east of the former Sealink freight terminal and to c...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Common Fisheries Policy.

(Limerick West): I am well aware of the proceedings of the international conference on the mid-term review of the Common Fisheries Policy, which was organised by Sherkin Island Marine Station and held...More Button

(Limerick West): I hope to have the report of the committee chaired by Dr. Whitaker within the next six to eight weeks. The committee have been asked to come up with a solution to the problems which ...More Button

(Limerick West): The Deputy is being sensationalist in saying that the fishing industry is in crisis. That is far from the case.More Button

(Limerick West): I am fully aware of the situation. The matter is being tackled. A committee was set up and we are in constant touch with officials, and the Commission in Brussels to ensure that our...More Button

(Limerick West): The Deputy should have listened to what I said. The review group are only part of our programme. The Minister, the officials and I are in constant touch with the Commission in Bruss...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Salmon Review Group Report.

(Limerick West): 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 fo...More Button

(Limerick West): I think I gave the Deputy an answer to that question previously. Consensus has not yet been reached on the use of monofilament nets; there are as many for it as there are against it....More Button

(Limerick West): As I have already indicated to the Deputy both now and on a previous occasion, consensus has not been reached in regard to a change in the rules of the use of monofilament nets. This...More Button

(Limerick West): While I understand what the Deputy is saying, I should point out that there is another side to the story. There are other interests involved and it is a question of having a consensu...More Button

(Limerick West): They made other recommendations also.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Overhaul of Synchrolift.

(Limerick West): The four synchrolifts installed at the fishery harbour centres were designed by Pearlson Engineering, Florida, USA, and the patent is also owned by this firm. A major mechanical and e...More Button

(Limerick West): I agree with the Deputy and, as I said in my reply, every effort is being made to resolve the matter as quickly as possible so that the lift will be operational in July.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Spanish Boat Incident.

(Limerick West): I have recently pointed out to this House that, at present, in cases of collisions involving an Irish and a foreign vessel outside territorial waters the appropriate form of redress i...More Button

(Limerick West): All relevant inquiries and contacts are being made, as necessary.More Button

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

(Limerick West): The Deputy will appreciate that it would be inappropriate for me to make a statement regarding the vessel in question at this stage as legal proceedings have been initiated for recov...More Button

(Limerick West): As I said, I am not prepared to comment further on the matter.More Button

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

(Limerick West): One thousand nine hundred and ten tonnes of fish, with a value of approximately IR£267,165, were withdrawn from the market and disposed of by dumping during 1989 under the European Co...More Button

(Limerick West): I expect this trend to continue and I am constantly in touch with producers organisations to remind them of the need to dump the minimum amount of fish and take into account seasonal ...More Button

(Limerick West): I do not have that information but I will gladly let the Deputy have it if it is available.More Button

(Limerick West): It comes down to a question of whether pollution has been caused and if it has had an impact on the environment.More Button

(Limerick West): We are not happy to see fish being dumped. We would much prefer to see it being used for fishmeal and for animal feed.More Button

(Limerick West): I do not have that information.More Button

(Limerick West): We are interested in all aspects, Deputy.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fishing Vessels Safety Procedures.

(Limerick West): The precise information requested by the Deputy is not available from my Department's records. I propose, however, to circulate in the Official Report a statement compiled by the Cen...More Button

(Limerick West): Let me say in reply to the first part of the Deputy's question that deaths are not notifiable to the Department.More Button

(Limerick West): My Department do not record the figures. Indeed, the figures that are available include deaths other than those of fishermen. Therefore, the specific information required by the Deput...More Button

(Limerick West): There are. The merchant shipping life saving appliances rules, 1983, make it a requirement that fishing vessels carry life saving appliances. These rules prescribe the number of lif...More Button

(Limerick West): Inspections are carried out on a constant basis.More Button

(Limerick West): I cannot give such detail now. If the Deputy puts down a specific question I will give a specific answer. The statutory requirement is that they be inspected on a regular basis. I ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Coastal Protection.

(Limerick West): I propose to answer Questions Nos. 15 and 16 together. In relation to coastal erosion during this winter my Department have been in touch with the maritime local authorities. The reso...More Button

(Limerick West): The Community Support Framework for Ireland has been settled for 1989-93. While the programme does not include provisions for supporting coastal protection works, I am fully aware of ...More Button

(Limerick West): There is a discrepancy with regard to grant allocations between the east coast and other areas. Local interests will of course be made aware of grants. These would mainly be local a...More Button

(Limerick West): I have already answered that question.More Button

(Limerick West): I will not repeat myself. Any admissions I make are honest.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Salmon Farming.

(Limerick West): There are a number of legal mechanisms available under the Fisheries Acts to allow the licensing of marine fish farming and it is at the discretion of the Minister for the Marine as t...More Button

(Limerick West): It would be at the discretion of the Minister. A decision to designate a particular area would be related to the level of fish farming activity or demand as assessed in conjunction ...More Button

(Limerick West): We will stay within Lough Swilly. The Deputy's outburst is sensational. All applications are subject to the full rigours of the licensing procedures and permission is not given on a...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

(Limerick West): The information sought at (1), (2) and (3) of the Deputy's question is as follows:More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sea Fishery Regulations.

(Limerick West): The Deputy is presumably referring to the restrictions that currently apply under national legislation to Irish boats above the specified size fishing within a three mile zone from ba...More Button

(Limerick West): At present there is no law laying down the various limits outside which boats of various sizes must operate. Instead preclusions of one form or another are built into the general sea...More Button


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