Penalty point system for fishermen should be overturned – Doherty

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There are calls for controversial legislation facilitating the current penalty points system on the fishing industry to be revoked.

This allows penalty points be imposed on fishing licences even if the holder is not convicted when a case comes to court.

Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says a revised Statutory Instrument was signed by Minister Simon Coveney last month in response to a High Court judgement rejecting the previous wording.

Deputy Doherty says fishermen in Killybegs and elsewhere are deeply angered by this. He believes if the system were be properly debated in the Dail, it would be rejected..........

Meanwhile, Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle says Minister Simon Coveney has admitted the new fishing Penalty Point Statutory Instrument he signed on March 1st this year, is inherently flawed.

Responding to a parliamentary queston he had tabled, Deputy Pringle says the Minister indicated he will introduce Primary legislation that in his own words would give a sound legal basis to a scheme that implements the EU points system for licence holders.

Deputy Pringle says if the Minister is planning to introduce Primary legislation he’s confirming the fact that the existing new Statutory Instrument is not fit for purpose.