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Tom MacSweeney PODCAST



    The Irish Government has been warned that it is running the most serious risk of giving access to Irish waters inside the 6-mile limit to French, Spanish, Dutch, Belgian and other EU boats.

    The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation has told all Opposition political parties that the proposals by the Minister for the Marine to amend the Sea Fisheries Bill to give Northern Ireland fishing boats access to the six mile limits, has disastrous implications for the Irish fishing industry.

    In his weekly Podcast, Tom MacSweeney reports on the fears expressed by the IFPO.

    Government moves to respond to the recent arrest of two Northern Ireland fishing boats, by amending the Fisheries Bill will give access to all countries which are contracting parties to the London Fisheries Convention, according to the IFPO, which says it is a very serious issue for the Irish fishing industry.

    It has called for a full review of what amendments to the Bill will mean to the Irish fishing industry here. It says that complex legal difficulties arise to which Irish fishermen may be exposed as a result of the UK leaving the London Fisheries Convention, which it has been indicated will happen in July.

    The IFPO Chief Executive, Francis O’Donnell, says that Minister Creed has “totally skimmed over” these issues.

    Ireland should wait until the UK has withdrawn from the Convention, otherwise it may give access to six other contracting countries inside our six-mile limit, he says.

    Added to the situation now is the possibility of other EU countries displaced from British waters by Brexist, being given approval to fish up to the Irish shoreline. There is also the issue of non/UK boats being registered in Northern Ireland, so the IFPO says what is being proposed by the Irish Government has nothing to do with the Good Friday Agreement, but everything to do with threatening the entire future of the Irish fishing industry.

    At the same time as, possibly, giving access to the 6-mile limit to non/Irish boats, the Government here is proposing to exclude Ireland’s own boats, over 18 metres, from fishing inside the six-mile limit.

    Complex issues indeed.

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March issue in shops from Friday 1st March

  • Who We Are and What We Are Doing for Inshore Fishermen

    Decades of neglect and lack of sectoral representation have left parts of the inshore sector in a state of disarray says Chairman Richard Guildea in this first article from the NIFA / NIFO in which he discusses the representative needs of the sector and why the current structures have been established.

  • Prawn Fishermen Lodge Appeal to ECJ

    The two Irish fishermen who lost a case against the Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) in the Irish High Court, on the use of a new system used by the SFPA to determine how much prawns any particular vessel has caught in a specific location, have lodged an appeal at the appeals court and the Supreme Court last month.

  • McConalogue Hits Out at Govt Failure to Provide Funding for Greencastle Harbour Breakwater Project

    Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has said it’s unacceptable that the Greencastle Harbour Breakwater Project has been omitted from government funding for Fishery Harbour Centres across the country.

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara to Increase Visibilty of Women in Ireland’s Seafood Industry

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

The legendary Galway Hookers are the subject of our monthly interview in which the Chairman of Cumann HúcéirÍ na Gaillimhe, the Galway Hookers Association, Dr. Michael Brogan, talks to Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney, about the future of these iconic West of Ireland boats and says they are a maritime art, the preservation of which deserves official support. The sight of a Galway Hooker under full sail is a wonderful spectacle, which can lift the heart of anyone with a maritime feeling. To helm one is even more stirring – and demanding. The feeling of power which comes through the tiller is astonishing, as I found on the helm of the MacDuach, the biggest of the Hookers.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary »

Great Lighthouses of Ireland RTE Documentary

Irish Lights has announced its involvement in a four-part documentary series with RTE 1 that tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and the associated aids to navigation network around the island of Ireland and the vital role it plays in ensuring safety at sea for all. The documentary, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, illustrates Irish Lights’ leading role in safe navigation at sea from the 1800s to the present day, and the advances that have taken place in relation to Aids to Navigation from an engineering and technology perspective during this period.

opinion »

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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