End the Criminal Justice Act Being Applied to Irish Fishermen
Collins, Independent, Cork County Councillor, presented a motion
at the Cork County Council Western Committee meeting on Monday,
January 18th. It calls on the Minister, in light of other difficulties
in the Penalty Point System arising in the High Court, to make
changes going forward to ease the pressure off the fishermen
who work the hardest in our society.
long time supporter of rural issues and of local fishermen,
Mr Collins stated, I condemn the Criminal Justice Act
being applied to Irish Fishermen who are under immense pressure
as it is. To me, the most appalling thing any government or
body could do to its own people is to come down in such a heavy
Collins Motion, which was passed, without any objections,
at Cork County Councils Western Committee meeting is expected
to be presented and carried by other councils around the country.
the full text of this vital motion on page 6 of our February
issue and pass it on to your local elected representative
urge people to Respect the Water as Irish lifeboats launch to
1,098 incidents in 2015
volunteer lifeboat crew in Ireland were kept busy in 2015 with
1,098 launches bringing 1,244 people to safety. At 45 lifeboat
stations around the Irish coast and on inland waters, the charitys
volunteer lifeboat crew were on call in all weathers. Of the
recorded launches, 416 were carried out in the hours of darkness.
lifeboat station in Dublin was the busiest on the coast with
60 launches and 58 people assisted. The next busiest was Clifden
RNLI in Galway, who are currently trialling an all-weather lifeboat
to work alongside with their inshore lifeboat. They launched
49 times and brought 20 people to safety. The majority of callouts
for Clifden RNLIs all-weather lifeboat were to medical
emergencies on the neighbouring islands; often assisting the
Irish Coast helicopter crew. Dun Laoghaire RNLI launched their
two lifeboats 48 times and assisted 50 people.
inland RNLI lifeboat station at Lough Ree in Athlone had a very
busy year recording the highest number of people assisted. The
inshore lifeboat was launched 47 times and helped 130 people
to safety on the huge lough.
Munster, Crosshaven RNLI saw considerable activity with 42 launches
and 50 people brought to safety. While in Northern Ireland,
Enniskillen RNLI, which operates from two separate locations
on Upper and Lower Lough Erne, were called on 74 times in total
bringing 89 people to safety.
first Shannon class lifeboat in Ireland, stationed at Lough
Swilly in Donegal, was also put to work. It arrived in April
and during the year the station answered 20 calls for help and
brought 23 people to safety. The new lifeboats first callout
was to three fishermen reported missing after failing to return
home. Their vessel had lost power and they had drifted for hours
waiting for help when the Shannon arrived on scene.
type of incidents the charitys lifeboat crew responded
can range from danger of drowning (66 launches) to searches
for missing people (54 launches), grounded or stranded vessels
(126 launches) or people thought to be in danger or overdue
(118 launches). Machinery failure and fouled propellers (251
launches) were again a common cause for callout.
were also a number of callouts to four-legged casualties in
2015. Ten lifeboat stations launched to incidents involving
animals and mammals last year, including a dolphin in Ballycotton,
a horse swept into the river at Lough Derg, eight cows who became
stranded and ended up in the sea off Kinsale and seven dogs
around the coast who were reunited with their grateful owners.
Many of these callouts can include a threat to people as they
attempt to enter the water to save an animal and in turn get
Morrison RNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager said; Last summer
the RNLI launched its national drowning prevention campaign,
Respect the Water, warning people that the coastlines and waters
can be dangerously unpredictable. This year we will continue
to build on that and help inform those who enjoy the water and
our beautiful coastline to take care and help reduce drowning.
2015 we had the honour of bringing the first Shannon class lifeboat
home to Ireland. It was the first all-weather lifeboat class
to be named in recognition of the contribution of the RNLIs
Irish volunteers, who have been saving lives in Ireland since
volunteer lifeboat crew, our fundraisers and supporters have
again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard
work and dedication over the last 12 months. Without them our
lifesaving service would not exist.
Harwood, RNLI Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director
added; Its humbling to see the lifesaving work of our
volunteer crew and safety advisers out of the 9,763 rescued
in Ireland and the UK, 442 people are alive today because of
their actions. The RNLI as a whole owes it to them to act with
integrity and tenacity as we take move to opt-in communications
from January 2017.
appealing to all our dedicated supporters to help us by ticking
our opt-in* box over the next few months to hear about
our rescues, our safety advice, and our events and help us save
the lives of hundreds more in the years to come.
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