The KFO and PWS have won a judicial review on SFPA refusal to approve weighing system
The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and Pelagic Weighing Services Ltd (PWS) have taken the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) to the High Court over the Authority’s refusal to approve a new state-of-the-art conveyor belt weighing system, reports the Irish Times.
The conveyor belt weighing system has been installed pier side was refused approval by the Authority last December on the basis that the weighing system, known as flowscales, must be owned, operated and used by a public body.
Last week, Mr Justice Garrett Simons granted leave to the KFO and PWS to take judicial review proceeding against the Authority.
Having been told of a separate but similar case, and noting the applicants claim that the Authority’s refusal would mean fishing vessels in Killybegs having to endure long waiting times to unload because of inadequate weighing systems, the judge returned both cases to later this month.
In seeking leave for the judicial review, David Conlon Smyth SC for the applicants, had argued there was no basis for the Authority’s decision.
It was argued that the Authority had acted outside it’s powers by determining that the system must be owned, operated and used by a public body.
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