Saturday, 7 December 2013

Calls for Minister Simon Coveney to Resign over Salmon Farm Findings

People across the country are calling for Minister Simon Coveney to immediately step down as Minister for Agriculture amid perceived refusals to answer questions in the Dáil on the fish farm controversy. The proposal by An Bord Iascaigh Mhara to locate the 1,126 acre, 15,000 tonne, open caged salmon fish farm off Inis Óirr, is now halted pending an EU investigation and Minister Coveney now has until January 15 to explain the situation. The Galway Bay Protection Group, a body made up of doctors and medics concerned by the health implications of a fish farm, has welcomed the EU Commission’s decision but believe a public enquiry is also needed to examine the entire issue.

Meanwhile, Save Bantry Bay and Friends of the Irish Environment submitted Freedom of Information request for all documents relating to a previous EU investigation. Upon receipt of the documents it quickly became apparent vital evidence was suppressed, and requests were sent for the European Commission to reopen their investigations.

There is now a calling for Minister Coveney to step down as Minister for Agriculture.