Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (270)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

270. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the extent to which he has had negotiations with the Scottish or UK authorities in regard to the resolution of outstanding issues in respect of Rockall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28590/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Ireland does not recognise the United Kingdom’s claim to sovereignty over Rockall. The waters around Rockall, including within 12 nautical miles, are part of sea area 6b, within which Irish vessels, like those of other EU Member States, have a right of access under the Common Fisheries Policy.

The Irish Government has consistently said this matter should be dealt with through diplomacy and dialogue. In that context, a process of intense engagement is now under way, led by senior Ministers from both administrations and supported by senior officials.

Our shared aim is to resolve differences over Rockall in a way which benefits both countries, and to develop further an already strong bilateral relationship