Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2059)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

2059. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the costs incurred by his Department and the State, respectively, for various court actions in defending the previous statutory instruments regarding serious fishing infringements as per EU requirements; the costs the State had to pay for both the High and Supreme Court cases; if all liabilities to the State have been honoured in respect of the cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32161/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I can inform the Deputy that a number of cases arose from the operation of the European Communities (Common Fisheries Policy) (Point System) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 3 of 2014), whereas none arose in relation to the European Communities (Common Fisheries Policy) (Point System) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 125 of 2016) or the annulled European Communities (Common Fisheries Policy)(Point System) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 89 of 2018).

In relation to S.I. No. 3 of 2014, the following Table contains details of cases in respect of which certain payments have been made to date. I should advise that certain matters pertaining to costs and State liabilities have yet to be finalised in a number of relevant cases.

Name of case

Payments to date

Doyle Fishing Company v Michael C.O'Connor and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

€19,017.00 (State's Counsel fees).

High Court Costs paid in the sum of €61,996.78.

Patrick O'Sullivan and Cathal O'Sullivan v SeaFisheries Protection Authority and Ors.

€105,138.50 (State's Counsel fees).

High Court Costs paid in the sum of €138,577.33 and Supreme Court costs paid in the sum of €122,325.67.

Crayden Fishing Company Limited v SeaFisheries Protection Authority and Ors.

€73,858.97 (State's Counsel fees).