Ó Domhnaill Confirms Constructive Contribution by Donegal Island Fishermen to Oireachtas Committee

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & the Marine Brian Ó Domhnaill, who is also a member of the Oireachtas Committee that invited the Donegal Island Fishermen’s Group to make a formal presentation has said that the meeting proved significant and constructive.

 

Speaking after the committee meeting last evening Ó Domhnaill said; “I wish to thank the Donegal Islands Fisherman’s Group for their excellent work to date and for their presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on the findings of their recent report entitled “Donegal Islands Survival Plan 2012-2015”. The delegation highlighted the need to support Offshore Islands and highlighted the depopulation of Arranmore Island over the past 25 years. The Island had a population of 768 in 1988 and today the Island population has dropped to 540.”

 

“One of the principle reasons for this depopulation is the very limited number of employment opportunities. The delegation pointed out two primary areas which must be pursued and addressed. These included the need to open up the Fishing Area West of Arranmore Island knows as the Area VI A to mixed stock fishing and secondly the need to re-open drift net salmon fishing on a controlled pilot basis over a 3-5 year period.”

 

Next Step

“I fully support the proposals put forward by the Group and will continue to work constructively to ensure now that the Oireachtas Committee deal with these requests in a proactive manner.  I believe that the Oireachtas Committee must undertake work in conjunction with the Natural Resources Committee, BIM, The Marine Institute and Inland Fisheries Ireland and the EU Commission in order to pursue these proposals.”

 

Posted: Jul 4, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized