WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE TAOISEACH IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY? Hello and welcome to this week’s Marine Times Podcast from THIS ISLAND NATION radio - Tom MacSweeney reporting....
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On this edition the Managing Director of one of the biggest boat sales companies in Ireland tells me what he would like to say to Taoiseach Lea Varadkar why Ireland should have a Marine Minister. I am not dismissive of politicians, a democracy needs politics, but an island nation needs more dedicated attention from its politicians to its maritime interests. Gerry Salmon is Managing Director of MGM Boats, one of the biggest boat sales companies in Ireland. The company headquarters is based in Dublin and when I met him, he told me what he would like to say to the Taoiseach.
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€23.5m Investment for a Major Quay Extension in Castletownbere
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has attended the signing of a contract for a €23.5 million, 216m long quay development project and associated works on Dinish Island, Castletownbere.
UCC scientists reveal submarine canyon on edge of Ireland’s continental shelf
A UCC-led group of scientists from across the globe have revealed the stunning details of a submarine canyon on the edge of Ireland’s continental shelf, 320 km west of Dingle, after mapping an area twice the size of Malta. The group has returned this morning (August 10) after a research expedition onboard the RV Celtic Explorer with Holland I ROV, mapping 1800 km2 of seabed to image the upper canyon over a fortnight.
Fethard RNLI officially name lifeboat Naomh Dubhán in a ceremony with a strong emphasis on community
Volunteers with Fethard RNLI gathered at the lifeboat station over the weekend (Saturday 30 June) for a naming ceremony and a service of dedication for their new lifeboat Naomh Dubhán. In glorious sunshine, operations crew, fundraisers, station management, friends and supporters came along to mark the occasion.
Rare Coral Formations Found by Galway Scientists
New coral species and a rare sponge reef, neither of which have been previously documented in Irish waters, are amongst the discoveries made by a team of marine scientists, the majority of them Galway-based in the Marine Institute and NUI Galway, who spent three weeks at sea aboard the Irish Lights vessel, Granuaile, investigating Ireland’s deep ocean territory 300 miles off the west coast.
Non EEA Workers
It is an unfortunate fact that despite the best efforts of most vessel owners the Atypical Workers scheme and the management of crew has not gotten any easier in the last two years. The un-notified continuing changes to the scheme seems to mean that most vessel owners are constantly being put on the back foot. As a result of the many difficulties a number of permits have not been renewed and thanks to misrepresentation from certain quarters a number of these now unemployed workers have now lodged complaints with the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) in the hope of receiving some monetary compensation. That unfortunately is not the end of the story.
Ros a Mhíl Closure Threat Due to Government Failures
"“The closure of the processing plant in Ros a Mhíl, and the job losses and knock on effect that will have on the local economy of the region, are the on the ground consequences of the Government’s refusal to implement a fairer distribution strategy."
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 most famous Irish lifeboat rescue is amongst the topics on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime programme, which reports from the ceremony where the medals awarded to the Coxswain who led that rescue were handed over by his family to a museum, so that the story could be preserved for future generations. The voice of the Coxswain, Patsy Sliney of Ballycotton Lifeboat, describing how the rescue was carried out, is broadcast on the programme. Also discussed on THIS ISLAND NATION is the big increase in motorboating in Irish waters caused, says the Managing Director of one of the biggest boat sales companies in Ireland, by people being “cash rich, but time poor.” A heartfelt plea from the Irish boating industry to the Taoiseach to take notice of the maritime sector and what the Government has ignored in the marine sphere, is amongst other stories. The RNLI warns about the dangerous activities of young people who are ‘tombstoning’ and we hear that the offshore islands have a lot to offer this August. THIS ISLAND NATION is presented by Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.
DUBLIN PORT has ruled out future expansion of the port which would affect Dublin Bay. In a review of its Masterplan devised to manage the future of the port until 2040 and to meet an expected growth rate of 3.8% annually it says that capacity to cope with this can be managed without further infill into Dublin Bay and that the option of expanding eastwards into the bay has been ruled out.
European Union Rules do not allow the exclusion of Irish fishing boats from their traditional fishing grounds inside six and twelve miles, says Patrick Murphy, CEO of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation. 'The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed recently launched a Public Consultation on trawling within the 6 nautical mile coastal zone. This consultation is taking place after a number of concerns were raised by stakeholders regarding the level of trawling inside the 6nm zone.''
Crew of the Lia Jan at Kilmore Quay - Photo courtesy Stephen Jones www.i-fish.ie.
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