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Council should not restrict angling in Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

30 August, 2007

Reacting to a proposal from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council to restrict fishing along the shoreline from Booterstown to Shankill, Sinn Fein representative Eoin Ó Broin said, "Once again Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council appears out of touch with the needs and interests of local people".

The proposal is contained in the draft Beach Bye Laws 2007, which calls for a prohibition of all "fishing for pleasure", along the shoreline from Booterstown Strand to Corbawn Lane in Shankill, Co Dublin. The only exceptions will be Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey, which are the two proposed designated areas for pleasure fishing, according to the proposed amendment to the 1998 beach bye laws.

Ó Broin said, "This latest proposal from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council is ill considered and serves no useful function. It has been made without any clear explanation.

"Fishing serves many purposes and provides many local people with a valuable source of leisure and relaxation. In addition it provides many young people with a constructive activity which should be supported and facilitated rather than prohibited.

"I will be contacting the council about this matter urging them to reconsider the proposal.

"It is completely unacceptable for the council to make this public just one week before the deadline for submissions which was at noon yesterday. Lots of people have only become aware of the proposal after the deadline for submissions has already past." ENDS

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