Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue confirms five extra designated landing ports in Ireland with three assigned for non-quota species only
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has announced five extra designated ports for Third Country fishing vessels which will permit UK registered vessels to land their catch in Ireland.
From 01 February, the Government has appointed Greencastle, Rathmullan and Burtonport as designated landing ports, along with Rossaveal in Co Galway and Howth in Co Dublin.
Speaking on the Donegal based Highand Radio’s Nine-til-Noon Show this morning, the Minister said
“In relation to the challenge that arose after Brexit, particularly with those who has Northern Ireland licences, were unable to land as it would have before into whatever any part of their choice and that being restricted to ports which were designated for international landings and though there only have been two of those up to now which was Killybegs and Castletownbere, so it’s obviously something something I’ve been talking to those fishermen about, it consulting widely with an engaging very tremendous depth of officials in my own Department as well in relation to and thankfully been able to come to an accommodation I think which will facilitate those fishermen to be able to continue to their livelihoods to fish.
“So the from this day fortnight, the 1st of February Greencastle, Rathmullan and Burtonport, as well as as Killybegs and Castletownbere as before and also as well now Rossaveal in Galway and Howth on the East Coast will be designated for international landings as well for both IUU purposes and also for North Atlantic Fisheries Commission purposes as well which is what’s required in order for these vessels to be able to land and to be able to land that land their product.”
Third country and Northern Ireland fishing vessels will be able to land in these ports between the hours of 2.00pm and 8.00pm weekdays (Monday to Friday) subject to the same conditions as landing previously in Killybegs and Casletownbere under IUU regulations and NEAFC regulations.
Greencastle, Rathmullan and Burtonport will be restricted as a designated landing port for non-species.