calls on Government to quash illegal convictions under Inland Fisheries
is nothing short of a scandal similar to what was carried out by
Gardaí on the penalty points fiasco. Deputy Pringle
was speaking in the Dáil on the Inland Fisheries Bill 2017
this week when he confronted the Minister in relation to outstanding
legal uncertainties contained in the Governments legislation.
Government introduced this legislation in light of advice from the
Attorney General that Inland Fisheries Ireland had unlawfully prosecuted
people in court for breaches to fishing legislation.
already withdrawn 150 prosecutions that are pending because they
didnt have a legal basis to take them to court in the first
place but bizarrely they claim anyone previously prosecuted and
convicted is not affected.
Gael are refusing to own up to the full extent of the problem. If
someone was illegally before the courts in the first place they
should have their conviction quashed and this means the 320 convictions
under the 2010 Act between 2012 and 2015 are unsafe in my view.
The Minister is deliberately obfuscating in the hopes that they
wont have to deal with this and to bury this scandal.
is nothing short of a scandal similar to what happened with the
Gardaí regarding penalty points but because its about
fishermen nobody in Government seems to be that worried which is
illegal convictions have greatly affected people. Most had to pay
fines but some may have spent time in jail and ended up with criminal
Department and Inland Fisheries need to contact the 320 cases and
facilitate those people to have those convictions quashed.
attended a case recently in Dungloe where up to 30 prosecutions
were withdrawn by Inland Fisheries Ireland since the problem was
exposed. What makes these cases different to the others already
convicted and when will the Government act on them?
would advise anyone who has been convicted under the 2010 Act to
seek legal advice as to how to go about getting these convictions
quashed. In the meantime I will be monitoring the Governments
intentions throughout this process concludes Pringle.