Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Questions (933)

Joe McHugh

Question:

1034 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the cost of the ongoing State case regarding Gweebarra, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34530/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

The Department is not involved in any case relating to the River Gweebarra. I have been advised however, by the Northern Regional Fisheries Board (NRFB) that the Board is currently involved in a number of legal actions concerning the Gweebarra fishery. While Interlocutory (Temporary) Orders have been granted by the courts against a number of individuals concerning obstructing lawful fishing on the River Gweebarra, the Court recommended that the parties consider mediation. The NRFB has indicated it welcomes this initiative and the matter is currently being discussed by the legal representatives of both parties. As the matter is sub judice it would not be appropriate to comment further.