Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Questions (234)

Mick Barry


234. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the breakdown by port of the location of the fishers currently employed under the atypical scheme as can be discerned from their contracts of employment copies of which reside with his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32148/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Scheme for the employment of non-EEA fishers in parts of the Irish commercial sea-fishing fleet was launched on 15th February 2016. The Scheme is an extension of the Atypical Working Scheme, administered by the Department of Justice and Equality (Immigration Delivery Service).

The Department’s role in this scheme is limited to hosting the Central Depository, which facilitates applications for Pre-Approvals to the Scheme, and chairing the Oversight Committee established to monitor the Scheme and ensure that it is operating as intended.

The granting of permissions to work in the State, under the Atypical Working Scheme, is a matter for decision exclusively by the Immigration Delivery Service.

The information requested is not available. It should be noted that there is no link between individual vessels and specific fishing ports.