Cope says Fisheries Minister must adopt a new approach to penalty points

 

The Fisheries Minister is being urged to introduce legislation if he intends introducing a penalty points regime for fishermen.

Fianna Fáil Marine Spokesperson Pat the Cope Gallagher says the minister was wrong when he previously introduced points through a statutory instrument.

That regime has now been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, because of a number of issues, including no independent appeals system, and the fact that points were never erased.

Deputy Gallagher says the Minister must seek a better approach............