Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (515)

Joe Carey


515. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position in relation to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7816/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I am advised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) that when the initial approach was made regarding a potential lease, the angling Club were advised that fishing rights are variously vested in local landowners, Clare County Council and IFI. The then Committee of the Club were advised that consent of all holders of fishing rights would need to be obtained by the Club in order to progress the issue of a lease on the catchment. I am also advised by IFI that they have not referred the matter to the legal advisers of the State.

Recent contacts between the Club and local IFI staff related to a proposal for development works around the lakes, and I understand the proposal was referred to the National Strategy for Angling Development Projects Office within IFI. Other issues discussed over recent months include fish stocking and angling infrastructure maintenance, which are being considered. In addition, the Club requested inclusion of local schools in the “something fishy” educational programme and this has been delivered.