30,000 seabirds spend the Winter in the the biggest commercial port
in the country is told on this edition of the maritime radio programme,
THIS ISLAND NATION, which also recounts how the Aran Islanders succeeded
in their long campaign to preserve the island's ferry service -
and got cheaper fares in the process! These are amongst the topics
of this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime radio programme
produced with the support of the Marine Times and presented by Deputy
Editor, Tom MacSweeney, reporting on the culture, history, tradition
and developments of MARITIME IRELAND.
News: KFO welcomes Fisheries Council deal
remains elephant in the room for extremely concerned
December 2017: The
Killybegs Fishermens Organisation has welcomed the outcome
of the Council of Fisheries Ministers, which finished early this
morning, as generally positive but stated it again underlines the
imperative to have fisheries and the wider trade inextricably linked
in the phase two Brexit negotiations.
Congratulate Minister on Mixed Outcome
Irish South and West Fish Producers' Organisation congratulate Minister
Michael Creed and his team on the mixed outcome of the Council of
Fisheries Ministers, which concluded at 7.30 this morning.
COURT DECISION A MAJOR ONE FOR THE FISHING INDUSTRY
again the State has lost its legal battle against fishermen over
the system of imposition of penalty points to which the industry
has fought the Government, claiming that the system is unfair to
fishermen and pointing out that no other section of the community
was being subjected to a system where, even if proved innocent in
Court of any offence, the State still imposed penalty for an alleged
Supreme Court has made two judgments related to the fishing industry
and to procedures in the EU's Common Fisheries Policy 2014 regulations
for imposing points on a fishing licence. The first case - O'Sullivan
v the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority - related to a fishing
vessel owner who was charged with under recording his catch. The
High Court found the regulations were invalid as they breached Article
15.2.1 of the constitution which states that the only authority
that can make law is the Oireachtas. In the second - Crayden Fisheries
v the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority - the High Court found
the procedures for imposing points on a licence were contrary to
Supreme Court ruled the 2014 regulations did not afford fair procedures
to the fishing licence holders. The Minister for the Marine had
announced the introduction of a new, slightly amended, system without
awaiting the Supreme Court decision. It appears that the Minister
and his Department will now have to reconsider their attempts to
introduce a penalty points system. The industry has said that it
accepts that there has to be a system to meet EU requirements, but
that it should not unfairly penalise fishermen in a manner in which
no other citizen is treated.
FISHERIES PODCAST WITH TOM MACSWEENEY
so much else going on right now - the Brexit negotiations - the
'Battle of Britain' as it might be called and that other annual
'battle' - as it might also be called - over fishing quotas, it
is, the talk of the fishing ports and the industry that Minister
Michael Creed has indicated he is determined to reintroduce a Penalty
Points system which is again being strongly criticised on the grounds
that it will deny fishermen equal treatment with other Irish citizens.
is practically certain that there will be a legal challenge and
that what he is doing will cost the State, the taxpayers, money
and will also cost fishermen financially.
Marine Times columnist, Art Kavanagh, wrote in this month's December
edition that he had been told by a Marine Department official that
penalty points were an EU Regulation but, as he observed, so were
water charges and the Government found a way around them.
industry has recognised that there has to be a system, but the objection
is to the method by which fishermen are held guilty before proving
themselves innocent and, even when judged innocent in Court, the
penalty points still apply. There would be outrage if the same attitude
was adopted to motorists, so why are fishermen singled out to be
controversy could have been avoided if the Minister and his Department
had discussed the issue with the industry, before problems are created.
Minister Creed got some strong dislike against the fishing industry
or is his action motivated by the advice of Department officials
or the Attorney General's Office?" I have been asked.
back in the year 2000 a socio-economic study of the industry concluded
that its potential of fishing was seldom appreciated on any significant
scale by the Government, its officials or by politicians.
still hasn't happened
Griffith, the only Statesman who, at the foundation of this State,
emphasised the economic importance of fishing, summed it up in a
way which Minister Creed might consider.
Listen to the Podcast to hear more about this issue and the relevance
of what Arthur Griffith said.
tradition re-enacted at
Hook Lighthouse on New Years Day 2018
December 2017: A
centuries-old tradition will take place on New Years Day at
the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse as the archers, both expert and
amateur, will take part in a traditional arrow ceremony.
Dunbrody Archers and the Chairman of New Ross Council will participate
in the ceremony. The age-old tradition dates back to 1687, when
the Mayor and the corporation of New Ross Town Council claimed their
authority over the Tower and waters by travelling to the point of
the Hook and shooting an arrow into the sea from Hook Head Lighthouse.
On New Years Day 2018 The Dunbrody Archers will assist the
Mayor of New Ross in an arrow ceremony. The Mayor will
cast an arrow into the sea symbolising the Ports authority over
of the public are invited to come and watch the free historical
event at 3pm on New Years Day.
on the up coming event, Ann Waters Manager at Hook Lighthouse said,
We are delighted to host the Taking of the Waters
ceremony here at Hook Lighthouse, its an age old tradition
and a wonderful opportunity for an ancient element of history to
continue to be relived here annually in Irelands Ancient East.
is renowned as the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world
and was first used by monks who lit fires to keep ships safe over
900 years ago. The Hook Lighthouse tour incorporates 115 steps to
the top of the lighthouse tower featuring holograms illustrating
the ancient history of the tower and the Hook area and spectacular
views of the southern coast.
Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Café closes on December 16th
and re- re-opens on St Stephens Day at 11am and will remain
open throughout the holiday season. The visitor centre opened in
its initial form 16 years ago and, since then, hundreds of thousands
of people have passed through its doors and climbed its many steps.
For further details see www.hookheritage.ie
Take Away running year long fundraiser for Skerries RNLI
1st 2017: Skerries
RNLI volunteers visited Jimmys Take Away and Pizzeria in Skerries
last week, for the launch of a generous 12 month long fundraising
well as being the owner and manager of Jimmys Take Away and
Pizzeria in Skerries Point, Jimmy is well known in the town for
his spectacular aerial and landscape photography. As he spends a
lot of his time near the coast capturing his images, Jimmy is very
aware of the work that the lifeboat volunteers do and wanted to
do something to help Skerries RNLI continue saving lives at sea.
After some brainstorming he came up with a plan to donate 50c for
every single meal deal sold for an entire year.
about the fundraising campaign, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries
RNLI, Gerry Canning said: The RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary
contributions, and we have a team of fundraisers working really
hard behind the scenes to keep things moving. Its really appreciated
when people from the community approach us to offer their support.
Jimmy is well known around Skerries, not just for his great food
and excellent photography, but for his community spirit. He is always
looking for a way to give back to the community and this is just
another example of his generosity
RNLI volunteer crew with Jimmy from Jimmys Take Away and Pizzeria.
Front row (Left to right): AJ Hughes, Marian Kennedy, Steven Johnston.
Back row (Left to right): Ian Guildea, Paddy Dillon, Xhemajl Abdullahu(Jimmy),
at this year's BIM Seafood Retail Awards are Lar McCarthy, winner
in the Independent Seafood Specialist award category BIM Seafood
Retail Business Award 2018; Anne Stephens, The Fish Market, Maynooth,
winner of the BIM Young Fishmonger 2018 (Independent Seafood Specialist);
Scott Smullen, Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt, winner of the BIM Young
Fishmonger 2018 (Supermarket Seafood Counter) and Daniel Drwal of
Tarpey's Super Valu in Cavan winners in the Supermarket category
for the Seafood Retail Business Award. The Awards are designed to
celebrate seafood retail managers that can demonstrate successful
business models, excellent understanding of seafood, coupled with
outstanding business and sales acumen.