is ubiquitous and instant knowledge transfer is now the norm. Some
People live out their lives under the cover of their FACEBOOK PAGE
or as comments or Likes to comments posted by others.
Social media has become a powerful media tool and therefore a strategic
platform to drip ideas into the mainstream. FACEBOOK brings out
the best in people and in equal measures the worst in people.
can be great for highlighting social issues and pressurising people
into simply doing the right thing. Our public representatives have
embraced social media platforms with gusto as much as a counterbalance
to negative publicity aimed at them.
friend alerted me to the fact that comments were posted on Face
Book about the IFPO. They read as follows:Far more than simply
Mackerel was discussed at this meeting. In fact, it was not just
the KFO that was slow in sending Representatives to attend at and
address the Meeting. Where were the IFPO and the IS&EastFPO?
They did not bother attending at all. Why? Was this Committee of
the Oireachtas not important enough for them?
post, posted by one of the attendees representing the Irish South
and West Fish Producers Organisation refers to a Joint Committee
Meeting on Rural Affairs which was held in Dublin on the 26th of
April on mackerel sharing. I was never informed about this meeting,
nor was my board. The Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation
were also kept in the dark. I wrote a very detailed letter to the
chairman of this Committee, Peader Toibin, outlining my thoughts
on what had taken place. I covered this in earlier pages of this
publication (see letters page 33).
our dirty washing like this is, I believe, necessary in some cases.
A number of years ago the four Producer Organisations had reached
a mature understanding to at least try and work together on issues.
That relationship is being seriously tested by vested interests
which is the last thing we need right now. Brexit is the biggest
challenge facing us all. We need to be working together where possible,
not posting comments which would give the impression that the IFPO
and IS&EPO simply didnt regard a meeting on mackerel sharing
important enough to turn up to. Nothing could be further from the
IFPO were excluded even though we represent both Polyvalent and
RSW vessels with mackerel entitlements. We also represent polyvalent
general vessels that are supposed to get extra whitefish as a result
of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 polyvalent vessels giving up their whitefish
entitlements, something few have agreed to or even been canvassed
I dont use FACEBOOK I do have this opinion piece slot available
to me every month. Unfortunately, on this occasion it has been used
to correct the record on what was and still is a very deliberate
and damaging strategy to damage the reputation of the IFPO and IS&EPO.
Not being informed of a meeting is bad enough, viewing what happened
at the meeting worse again, but being told on social media that
you didnt think it worthwhile to turn up is a step too far.
I said at the beginning, FACEBOOK brings out the best in people
and it would be fitting to use this media platform for the betterment
of the Irish Fishing Industry rather than damage friendships and
reputations for the short term gain of a few when the issues facing
us are much longer term and very serious. Getting into a room and
having differences is normal rough-and- tumble stuff
as we all have thick necks, assassination by way of blogging is
cheap, unprofessional. Most of all it damages the credibility of
those posting the blogs on FACEBOOK as it is easy to spot the disingenuous
nature of such behaviour.