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Marine Times - This Island Nation : Weekly Podcast


    Hello and welcome to my Podcast … which in this edition from my THIS ISLAND NATION programme focusses on the national marine spatial plan which is also the subject of our monthly interview in the November edition of the paper. Spatial Planning is new to Ireland, intended to bring together users of the ocean to make decisions about how to use marine resources and will have a major impact on the marine sphere for the next 20 years.


    A public consultation process, the initial stage in preparing Ireland’s first marine spatial plan has been underway over the past few months but I was surprised that there was no apparent representation from the fishing industry when I I chaired the consultation meeting in Cork, while many other sectors were there, ranging from those opposed to fish farming, to environmentalists, the Naval Service, the shipping and ports sectors and the leisure sphere. On this edition of our Podcast, I talk to Philip Nugent who is leading the process. as Head of the Marine Spatial Planning Section at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. It has been directed by the Government to draw up the national plan. Why is the Department of the Marine not the leading agency is one obvious question?

    Listen to the Podcast and note that submissions can be made about the plan until noon on Friday, December 14 by Email to or by writing to: MSP Submissions, Marine Spatial Planning Section, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford Y35 AP90.

    You can listen to the full THIS ISLAND NATION programme here:

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November issue in shops from Saturday 27th October

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, today, 6th March 2018, launched a promotional campaign to profile the important role women play in Ireland’s Seafood Sector. The Irish Seafood Sector contributed €1.15 billion to Ireland’s GDP in 2017. However women’s participation in the industry remains low. Just over one in ten (11.7%) employees in fishing, forestry and agriculture sectors in Ireland is female. This is significantly lower than the EU average of 36.9%. ‘I'm Trudy McIntyre, from Dunmore East, Co Waterford. I'm the daughter of a fishing family and now the wife of a fisherman, Shane McIntyre with two young daughters. I came into fishing through my father, spending time with him when he was out working on the boat.'


The Future of the Legendary Galway Hookers

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Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary

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Segmentation of Fleet Capacity

Art Kavanagh: I remember some years back being at a presentation from a County Manager – as they were called at the time which he entitled “Running the County as a Business”. Since then the title of County Manager has been replaced with the title of “Chief Executive” which is probably more appropriate given the size of the Business actually being managed with Huge Budgets, large Numbers of Employees and responsibilities for many aspects of life within the County.

Rogues Gallery in the Marine Times Newspaper

    Joefy checking images and of his 'younger days' in the September issue of the Marine Times in Power's Centra in Dunmore East - Photo courtesy William Power

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