Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (518)

Robert Troy

Question:

518. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the long-term plans for Cullion fish farm, Mullingar, County Westmeath. [21500/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The fish farming operations of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) are currently under review by the Fish Farm Working Group established by the Board of IFI.

This Working Group includes stakeholders and IFI board members among its membership. Recent discussion has focused on the challenges faced in existing production facilities, including the facility at Cullion, in an environmental and ecological context and most importantly from a health and safety perspective.

I met recently with the Working Group and I understand that its continuing work involves examining a range of options in relation to potential future fish production subject to the availability of funding.

I await the conclusions of the Working Group in order to consider how best to progress matters.