Cork Independent Deputy, Michael Collins called for a full Dáil debate on the future of military exercises in the Irish waters
Cork Independent Deputy, Michael Collins has called on the Government to hold a full Dáil debate on the future of military exercises in the Irish EEZ.
This comes after both Russia and France tried to hold such manoeuvres in Irish territorial waters over a period of less than six-months this year.
Fishermen and marine lovers have become concerned that these exercises, where missiles are launched into the sea for testing and high-powered sonar are used, is damaging to sea life in the surrounding area.
“On the French navy, I understand this is not to take place. I did not have the full and specific details on it coming into the House. I will ask the Whip if we can have a debate on that, or more generally about the whole area of military exercises and the compatibility of such exercises with marine life. We are all interested in protecting marine life. I am aware Deputy Collins would be a long-standing advocate for marine protected areas. It is also about protecting fisheries into the future and marine biodiversity. I would be very much in favour of having a wider debate on that. I am sure the Deputy would endorse that.”
When pushed by Deputy Collins when the debate would be held, the Taoiseach answered that it would be more then likely next week.