Kenny calls for halt to hatcheries closures
Speaking last night after a meeting in Tullaghan Centre, Lough Owel, Mullingar with representatives of anglers from all over the country, Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson, Martin Kenny TD expressed his concern that the board and CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland are continuing with their plans to close trout hatcheries in various parts of the country.
The Sligo-Leitrim TD said:
“Minister Sean Kyne confirmed to the meeting that the time frame for the consultation process will be extended, however it is a flawed process as it has a predetermined outcome set by IFI to close the hatcheries.
“I would welcome an indication that government has realised the importance of trout hatcheries to the maintenance of our stocks.
“This in turn has its effect in terms of tourism and the ecology of our rivers. The Inland Fisheries plan to close them was ill-conceived. There has been widespread public opposition to the move and I look forward to the Minister taking decisive action to invest in the inland fisheries capacity to provide stock to our vital angling industry which is worth over €750 million annually in tourism revenue.
“This industry is of national importance and cannot be measured in first effect economics with disregard for its huge social benefits.”