IFSA Chairman, Cormac Burke has called Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan’s statement on wind power “benefit” for marine sector a load of hot air
In a scathing attack on Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan TD, Irish Fishing and Seafood Alliance Chairman, Cormac Burke has called planned for offshore wind farms “a load of hot air” after the Minister claimed wind power would be of “benefit” to the marine sector.
In an editorial comment today, the IFSA Chair said that the Environment Minister’s claim that Ireland was “well positioned to support the drive away from fossil fuel for our energy security, climate and economy” and went on to add that increasing Ireland’s wind energy production would be beneficial to all Irish sectors, including the marine.
“Ireland’s demersal fishing fleet would be forgiven for scratching their heads in disbelief and failing to see where the benefit for them will be as they watch area after area, from the east, southeast & west, west and northwest coasts, being authorised with plans for establishing various types of wind farms,” writes the Cormac Burke.
“Perhaps the plan is to, after decommissioning, get more vessels to stop fishing so they can be hired as guard vessels to watch over the construction of wind farms going on the very fishing grounds where they used to make a healthy living from?”