Letters to Noonan, Howlin, Kenny & Gilmore

Letters sent to Noonan, Howlin, Kenny & Gilmore

Dear Minister,

Mr. Paddy Hillery was forced to agree to “equal access to a common resource” to join the E.E.C., other nations could fish our waters.

Article 29.4 of the Constitution (as amended) that nothing in our Constitution invalidates E.E.C. regulations (summary)!

(a)   Naval estimates which have been corroborated unofficially at government level indicated that up to £2 billion (Ir. Punts) was being caught in Irish waters every year by non Irish boats (Irish Times, Lorna Siggins, 30th December 1995).

(b)  Ireland’s Marine Institute said:

Total available catch off Ireland             € 1.18 billion

Ireland only entitled to                         € 0.19 billion

By 2012 Ireland should be a net contributor of some €500 million per annum (David Doyle, Secretary General, Department of Finance, June 2008).

2012 Fishing Quotas – Regulations 43 and 44 of 2012 (figures in tonnes)

Ireland

France

Spain

U.K.

Proposed Cuts  2013

Cod

1,727

13,977

15,396

15,396

Haddock

4,241

13,764

0

35,879

55%

Whiting

5,442

15,567

1,270

12,794

29%

Hake

1,704

29,312

23,320

5,901

32%

Megrim

3,317

8,682

7,672

5,329

20%

Anglerfish/Monk

2,843

27,521

5,327

14,836

20%

Nephrops/Prawns

15%

Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone is 13 times its land mass.  Ireland “granted” a mere 4% of the above very valuable demersal stock.

Ireland – small quotas – over quota – DISCARDS

Others – big quotas – under quota – NO DISCARDS

The division/share out of stocks is unfair, unjust and intolerable.  If we are to continue to share Irish waters new keys must be found to fairly allocate the stocks.  This is supposed to be a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Just think what a fair share would mean to the Irish economy – 2,000 boats (SMEs) spread over our 3,000 mile peripheral coastline and the credibility of our politicians and the EU.

Ireland will hold the Presidency of the EU in 2013.  A fair allocation of fish stocks must be Number One on the agenda of the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, Minister Noonan, Minister Howlin and Minister Coveney.

Yours sincerely,

Donal O’Driscoll                                                Tom Hassett

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