The ESB informs me that all disposals of materials of intrinsic value removed from the River Shannon by ESB fisheries conservation staff are dealt with in conjunction with the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. The procedures require the involvement of a peace commissioner to authorise the disposal. The vast majority of material removed in connection with illegal fishing has no value and is treated as debris. The ESB is not required to provide a record of such confiscations or disposals to my Department.
I understand the information sought on records of materials confiscated by the ESB was not provided as promised to the Deputy due only to an oversight on the part of the ESB. I have asked the ESB to rectify the situation by providing whatever information is available directly to the Deputy.