Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Minister Simon Coveney Goes Silent when Questioned



Aquaculture Question's in the Dail 26th March 2013
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: I asked the Minister whether a moratorium was in place or not. The question has nothing to do with a specific application. I am talking about a general policy issue of a moratorium which the Minister's Department put in place under the seafood programme. It is a simple question. Is there a moratorium in place under the seafood programme? Perhaps the Minister might answer that question in view of the issue I have raised in the House which has nothing to do with a specific application but with the generality of the moratorium in place.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Does the Minister have an answer?

Deputy Simon Coveney: No.
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An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: As the Minister has no answer, we will move on.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: The silence says a lot.

Deputy Simon Coveney: There is no moratorium in place.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: There is.

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The current National Development Plan states: ‘The targets for increased productive capacity for salmon will now have to be deferred until after 2013 at the earliest as a result of the amendments made to this programme… during the SEA (strategic environmental assessment) process’.

The concerns related to the negative impact of sea lice emanating from salmon farms on wild salmon, said SBB, and were submitted by the former central and regional fisheries boards and supported by the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR).

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