Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Questions (204, 205)

Mick Barry

Question:

204. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice the breakdown by nationality of the current holders of permits under the atypical scheme for non-EEA fishers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32146/21]

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Mick Barry

Question:

205. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice the breakdown by port of the location of the current holders of permits under the atypical scheme for non-EEA fishers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32147/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 205 together.

There are 227 valid permissions granted under the Atypical Working Scheme (AWS) for SeaFishers at present. This number represents all positive decision letters issued under the Scheme since late December 2019.

The table below sets out the breakdown by nationality of the current holders of AWS permits, as requested by the Deputy.

Philippines

111

Egypt

48

Ghana

28

Indonesia

28

Other nationalities

12

Total

227

My Department does not collate information regarding the home port of vessels. Information regarding vessels on which permission has been granted to work is provided on a regular basis to relevant stakeholders in other Departments and Agencies with responsibility for monitoring the fishing fleet such as the Workplace Relations Commission, the Marine Safety Office, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Question No. 205 answered with Question No. 204.