Report on boosting island and coastal communities “gathering dust”

ArranmoreA report published more than a year ago on boosting island and coastal communities has been “gathering dust”, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine has heard.

A group of island representatives told the committee it was disappointing that the Promoting Sustainable Rural, Coastal and Island Communities report had made little progress since it was launched in January 2014.

The report made 29 recommendations on boosting island and coastal communities through activities such as aquaculture, inshore fishing, tourism and seaweed activities.

Chairman of the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation Jerry Early from Árainn Mhór says not enough is being done for Islanders: