I am happy to confirm that the Galway fishery has reopened on a pilot basis.
The Deputy will appreciate that a small number of fisheries, including the High Bank Beat in Galway, remained closed when the angling guidelines were updated with effect from 6 May, as they presented a significant challenge in terms of appropriate social distancing in line with NPHET advice.
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) have, however, been proactive in this regard and had made proposals for the re-opening of these fisheries, including Galway, based on protocols ensuring consistency with the Government's Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business, NPHET advice and National measures in relation to Covid-19. My Department and IFI has recently received the appropriate advice to support reopening of these fisheries
I have already provided to the Deputy full details of the protocols which apply to these fisheries. Matters will be reviewed further on 29 June.