Sinn Féin's Heritage License Bill to be introduced in to the Dáil in New Year - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson Agriculture, Food and Marine Martin Kenny TD expects that the Government will support the Heritage License Bill at second stage when it comes before the Dáil on the 18th of January.
Speaking today Deputy Kenny said;
“The Heritage License Bill which Sinn Féin launched last July on Arranmore Island has been selected for second stage and will be introduced to the Dáil when it returns in the New Year.
“This legislation aims to ensure that island based fishing communities have their rights to practice long established traditional fishing methods and practices protected and recognised in law.
“The failure of successive governments to stand up for island communities means that small island fishermen are unable to make a living as existing CFP rules prevent them from fishing their own coastal waters.
“Working with the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation, IIMRO, we have developed the heritage licence bill. The Bill is designed to allocate a portion of the quota to the island fishers specifically.
“The Bill seeks to facilitate the continuation of traditional fishing practices on our offshore islands and provide for the issuing of licences to island fishermen which will be confined to those who are habitually resident on an island and who are engaged in small-scale coastal fishing to earn a living.
“We expect the bill will get the support of the majority of the Dáil as the concept for this Bill came from the Agriculture and Fisheries joint Oireachtas report on making Island Communities sustainable.
“The Bill will be debated in the Dáil on Thursday the 18th of January”