Minister backtracks on penalty points system for fishermen – Cope

 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is considering introducing a Statutory Instrument to give effect to the Penalty Points System for fishermen.

A decision heavily criticised by Leas-Cheann Comhairle Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher.

The introduction of a Statutory Instrument will result in penalty points applying to fishermen, regardless of how they are eventually fined by the court.

Deputy Gallagher says, this comes after assurances from Minister Creed that he would deal with the issue in a fair way: