Written Answers. - Licensing System.

Wednesday, 22 February 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 449 No. 5

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  116.  Mr. Clohessy  Information on Peadar Clohessy  Zoom on Peadar Clohessy   asked the Minister for the Marine  Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney   in view of the Government's policy of open Government, whether this policy will be applied with regard to the issuing of sea fishing licenses; if he intends establishing an independent body to oversee the issuing of licences; and whether he will also put in place an appeals system to ensure equality of distribution. [4056/95]

Minister for the Marine (Mr. Coveney): Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney  I am aware of concerns in the fishing industry about the present system of issuing sea fishing vessel licences. I regard it as particularly important that the licensing system should have the full confidence of the fishing industry. I am at present examining the matter in detail to see what could reasonably be done to make the system more open and transparent with a view to ensuring that the system will have the confidence of the fishing sector.


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