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“Root-and-branch review of Marine Department and all its agencies needed because of huge gap of distrust”

There is need for a “root-and-branch review” of the Department of the Marine and all its agencies.

This is the view of Padraig MacLochlainn, Sinn Fein’s Spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine on this week’s MARINE TIMES WEEKENDER. “The common denominator with every single person I have spoken to is their distrust with those at the higher echelons of the Department of the Marine and their disillusionment with them. I am really alarmed at the range of fishermen in every sector I have spoken to who have no confidence in those at senior levels in the Department. A huge gap of distrust has built up,” he tells Marine Times Deputy Editor, Tom MacSweeney.

“This is a “massive problem. I have never before in my career as a public representative come across a sector so fearful and removed from the Department that is supposed to serve them.”

He calls for “root-and-branch reform of the Department of the Marine, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and every agency that operates under the Department - and that includes of the Department itself - to make it fit for purpose and get the balance right which, at present, is totally wrong.”

Listen to the Podcast here