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Minister’s decision on penalty points is a victory for fishing communities – Martin Ferris TD

1 June, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine Martin Ferris TD has today welcomed the decision by Minister Michael Creed which ensures that penalty points can only be applied after the complaint has been heard by a court

Speaking following the announcement in the Dáil, Deputy Ferris said;

“It is infuriating that the last government, despite a ruling of the High Court, implemented a statutory position for the imposition of penalty points on fishermen without recourse to the justice system.

“It is a positive development that the Minister has now removed the statutory instrument of March 2016 signed by former Minister Coveney which we believe discriminated against fishermen who are trying to make a living.

“I welcome the fact that Minister Creed has stated that he will be giving effect to the decision either through the implementation of a new statutory mechanism or by introducing primary legislation.

 “Depending on the content of the new mechanism or legislation, this decision represents a significant victory for fishing communities throughout the state.”

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