Positive start to scrutiny of Island Fisheries Bill - Martin Kenny TD
Speaking after the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine began its detailed scrutiny of the Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill, 2017, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture and the Marine Deputy Martin Kenny said:
“From the beginning it is important that all of us concerned with this process agree that the islands and the people who make their living fishing from them are at an extra or particular disadvantage.
“The aim of the bill is to arrest the decline in island populations where fishing has been a central pillar of the economy.
“I am very heartened at the support the bill received at the Joint Oireachtas Committee from members of Fianna Fáil, Deputy Willie Penrose of the Labour Party and Thomas Pringle (Ind) along with the positive and informed input from the civil servants from the Fisheries Section of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, led by Assistant Secretary General for the Marine Areas, Dr Cecil Beamish.
“I look forward to hearing from various stakeholders and the continuation of this process.
"I believe that the passage of this bill into law will have a beneficial consequence for all those living on our off-shore islands, not just those involved in the fishing industry, but also in tourism, local food and maritime activities, heritage and culture.”