Potential of the River Suir at Golden for tourism yet to be fully realised – Ní Riada

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2017-07-31

Cllr Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tipperary has welcomed Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada to County Tipperary to talk with representatives of the Angling community. Following her visit, MEP Ní Riada has said that the potential of the River Suir to support the development of angling tourism has yet to be fully realised. She made the comments following a visit to Golden this week.

Liadh Ní Riada said: “Golden is a beautiful village in an area of outstanding scenery. Its location close to Cashel and its proximity to the main Dublin – Cork motorway mean that it is accessible for domestic and foreign tourists alike.”

As a member of the European Parliament Committee on Fisheries I have taken a keen interest in the potential for the further development of angling as both a sport and a lure for tourism.”

Rural Ireland is crying out for investment and for job opportunities. The development of sustainable tourism, based on our greatest natural assets, would be a fantastic boon for rural communities, not least here in Co. Tipperary.”

I will continue to work alongside Cllr. Martin Browne and with all stakeholders to work towards a sustainable, clean and vibrant tourism offering for anglers that benefits the community and rural economy.”

Cllr Martin Browne adds: “In one of the most historic and one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland, we have a significant opportunity in terms of a unique angling experience. The potential of tourism has never been doubted, and I compliment the members of Cashel/Golden Anglers Association on their work. We received a short tour from Owen Jackman who is Secretary of the Association and were impressed with the commitment of the Association to maintaining the environment.”

The potential for employment in any environmentally friendly tourism industry should not be overlooked.”

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2017-07-20: Owen Jackman, Secretary of Cashel/Golden Tipperary Anglers Association explains the potential of angling tourism to Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Browne, MEP Liadh Ní Riada, and to Ciara McCormack of Mid-Tipperary Sinn Féin.
2017-07-20: Owen Jackman, Secretary of Cashel/Golden Tipperary Anglers Association and Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada. Mr Jackman gave Ms Ní Riada a fly-fishing lure as a keepsake.

Ní Riada brings fishermen to meet EU advisors

Sinn Féin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada, has facilitated a meeting between Irish fishermen and the group that advises the European Commission on stock sustainability. 
The Ireland South MEP brought together representatives from the Irish South and West Fish Producer’s Organisation (ISWFPO) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to discuss a range of issues.
Ms Ní Riada said the meeting had been “constructive” but “raised a number of questions”.
Ms Ní Riada stated:
“The ISWFPO raised the issue of landing obligations with ICES who clarified that there was no scientific advice given by them on the landing obligation, that there was none requested and consequently it could be established that there was no scientific basis for the landing obligation.
“This begs the question of what was the basis for the landing obligation rule was. Was it politically motivated by the powers that be?  The ISWFPO made clear their members feel it is a recipe for disaster.
“The impact of seismic surveys on spawning stocks and larvae was also raised, particularly in reference to the effects of large scale seismic survey operations in all waters on fish stocks, as evidence has suggested it is having a detrimental effect.
“The scientific and ecological impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by supertrawlers was also a major concern, especially regarding by-catch and over-catch.
“A discussion was also had on the value of Irish fishermen being given a scientific quota by Irish national authorities so that scientific data can be collected by Irish fishermen.  This is then used with anecdotal evidence to evaluate the health of various stocks and to make a stronger case for larger quotas for Irish fishermen.
“All in all it was a constructive and revealing meeting.  The very fact I was able to facilitate it is an improvement in itself as the intention was to give Irish fishermen, particularly the small-scale, inshore fleet and coastal communities, a direct line of communication with this international scientific body.
“This influential group is now well aware that Irish fishermen often feel excluded from the decision making process whilst the wealthy fishing cartels, who have most to gain and lose from the advice ICES gives to the EU, are often involved in every aspect of the process.
“Hopefully this is the beginning of a change in that unhealthy culture.”

Government must “aggressively monitor” new super trawler – Liadh Ni Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said the government must act on super trawlers.
Liadh has called for the Navy and the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) to “aggressively monitor” the ships as yet another of the colossal vessels made its way into Irish waters this week.“Yesterday yet another super trawler was discovered in Irish waters. The Dirk Dirk is now fishing off the coast of Donegal, which was ravaged by the Margiris, the second largest trawler in the world, as recently as December.

“Right now, according to vessel watching groups, there are at least three of these super trawlers in Irish waters.
“The dangers they pose and the damage they do cannot be overstated.
“Every year the foreign super trawler fleets moves to the coasts of Ireland when our own fleet is docked and fish well into the summer.  They put fishermen´s gear at risk by towing and destroying them, an act which has a particularly damaging effect on crab and lobster pots.  They are devastating the Irish fishing industry through their disregard for quotas and the huge number of dead fish they illegally dump back into our waters.
“The environmental damage they wreak is immense.  They are capable of processing as much as 250 tonnes of fish per day, killing countless dolphins, whales, sharks and other marine life that get caught in their massive nets.
“They are of no benefit whatsoever to the our coastal areas as none of the fish are landed here. The fish are caught, processed and remain on-board before being landed back on the continent.
“This is becoming an annual occurrence. The SFPA and government say they cannot do anything but it’s a question of political will.
“I am once again calling for continuous and rigorous inspections of these ships while they are here to ensure they are complying with the very letter of the law. The SFPA has no problem aggressively monitoring Irish vessels and I would like to see them direct that diligence at these industry destroying behemoths.
“There should also be a redress scheme for Irish fishermen whose gear and equipment has been destroyed or damaged. If the Irish Government is not willing to face these trawlers down the least they can do is support the coastal communities they are damaging.”

Government needs to finally address ‘Lost at Sea scheme’ failures – Carthy

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has called on the government to belatedly address the failures of the “corrupt” Lost at Sea scheme enacted by Fianna Fáil scheme in 2001.

Mr. Carthy was speaking following a hearing in the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions when the Byrne family from Donegal again addressed the injustice to the family.

Carthy said:

“I commend Danny Byrne for his clear and forthright presentation to the European Parliament. I was pleased to have an opportunity to lend my support to the Byrne family, when their case against successive Irish Governments on the Lost at Sea Scheme came before the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions again.

“Many will remember this Fianna Fáil scheme from 2001 because of the gross abnormalities found to be associated with it by then Irish Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly.

“The scheme, which was set up to compensate long-standing fishing families through the provision of valuable tonnage quota, was found to have been disproportionally beneficial to a few select constituents of the then Minister Frank Fahy.

“The Ombudsman’s 2009 investigation into the scheme found that a selective advertisement campaign had been run resulting in 75% of the fund going to two of Fahy’s constituents.

“The Byrnes, who tragically lost two members of their family, 3 crew members and their entire livelihood have been fighting against their exclusion from the scheme ever since.

“Despite themselves being critics of the scheme back in 2009, Fine Gael have done little to right wrongs by taking no less than three years to reply to a letter from the Chairperson of the Committee on Petitions asking them to look into the matter and refer it to the proper Oireachtas Committee.

“This is the second time the Bryne family has had to make their case to the Committee on Petitions, showing the unwillingness of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to do right an obvious wrongdoing.

“During the hearing I called on the European Commission to immediately look into this scheme, something they have refused to do on the basis that the Irish Government never notified them of its existence.

“I also called on the Committee on Petitions to increase pressure on Minister Creed to deliver a satisfactory response to the Byrne family and to implement the recommendations of Emily O’Reilly’s report. It is important that the petition is kept open for as long as it takes to get attention from the Irish Government.

“It is inexcusable that the department took three years to respond to a letter from the European Parliament and even more inexcusable that in the seven years since the Lost at Sea Scheme was found to be corrupt, it was never once referred for an open debate.

“I will continue to work with my Sinn Féin colleagues in Donegal to further the Byrne’s case.”