asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state his reasons for refusing to give permission for the landing of white fish at Howth during the winter months, and if he is aware that during these months fish is very scarce and dear.
Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Howth Fish Landings.
The Fish (Regulation of Import) (No. 2) Order, 1938 (S. R. & O. No. 266, 1938) prohibits the landing, except under licence, of fish, other than herrings and mackerel, taken by fishing boats not registered as such in the State and not owned by an Irish citizen or by a company or society registered in the State. I refused to grant a licence under that Order for landings of white fish taken by certain boats not registered or owned in the State, as such landing would constitute a contravention, on the part of the owners of the boats concerned, of the laws and regulations under which they were fishing. I considered the question of the revocation of the Fish (Regulation of Import) Order, but decided against it, as it appeared to me that such action might prejudice the position of our fishermen in the post-war period.
Will the Minister say if that prohibition applies to any Irish boat, Irish owned and Irish registered?
It does not apply to Irish owned or Irish registered boats.