Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1523)

Willie O'Dea


1523. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to update the Inland Fisheries Act 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36106/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Inland Fisheries Act 2010 is being reviewed as part of a broader initiative within my Department to consolidate and modernise all primary legislation governing inland fisheries. A significant and challenging work programme is underway in the Department on the proposed new consolidated legislation. This involves complex and technical considerations in order to update and consolidate a series of 14 enactments (including the 2010 Act) since the Fisheries Consolidation Act of 1959 (the Principal Act). In that context, it should be noted that the consolidation project is particularly challenging given that the 1959 Act is itself a consolidation of legislation dating back to the 1800s.

Work is on-going on a comprehensive draft scheme as part of the established legislative process.