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A GOVERNMENT THAT DOESNT KNOW WHERE IT IS ON MARINE MATTERS
We are a funny country. We are surrounded by water. We have a Government that thinks there is a landbridge somewhere, but they dont know where it is.
That was the comment of former seafarer Tom OMahony when he spoke to the programme at the annual Remembrance Ceremony for those lost at sea in the town of Youghal on the East Cork coastline. It is a coastal town with a great schooner tradition and memories of seafarers who ranged from the River Blackwater onto the worlds oceans in various types of vessels.
It is also where the programme is compiled, edited, recorded and transmitted every Monday fortnight at 6.30 p.m. and later each fortnight on Near FM in Dublin, Dundalk FM, Dublin South FM and Raidio Corca Baiscinn in County Clare as well as on this website.
Tom OMahony said there was a lack of maritime awareness at Government level and recalled the closure of Irish Shipping and the manner in which ships and crews were stranded overseas and men later left without pensions. And that was company in which seafarers had gone to seain ships that would not now pass maritime safety requirements.
Irish Shipping seamen first served and saved the nation when warring forces in World War Two threatened to cut it off from vital supplies. They ensured the island nation was supplied and carried on that work for many years. Neutrality did not protect the men of Irish Shipping from attack, injury and death during the War years. Regrettably, neither did the Government which they had served when it put the company into Receivership.
Also on this edition of the programme we hear about troubled times for the Irish Sailing Association, the exclusion of disabled sailors from the Paralympics and discuss the use of nautical descriptions in everyday language, such as posh, being a figurehead and flogging a dead horse.
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Jury & Executioners?
Full report in our February issue
There be silver at the end of this rainbow - big mackerel being landed in Killybegs at the moment. Photo by the editor, Thursday 5th February.
Groups Voice Disapproval of Maximum Landing Size for Lobsters
Full report in our February issue
Evidence Links Porpoise Deaths to Grey Seals
Full reports in
our February issue
OShea family from Adrigole, aboard their new vessel Bay Venture
Words in Proper Places Define Style
So wrote Alexander
Pope in his Essay on Criticism and I quote them in contrasting the high
hopes for the future of the marine sector voiced when the Ocean Wealth
plan was launched back in 2012 with the Action Plan for Jobs 2015, launched
at the end of January and labelled by the Government as the next
step in the multi-annual plan to deliver full employment by 2018.
I have not been able to find a single definitive reference to the marine
sector in the high-powered public relations issuing of information and
publicity releases by the Government about this Jobs plan, the fourth
in a series, all of which have not prioritised in any meaningful way the
maritime sphere, those who work in it in Ireland, are committed to its
future and the most important highway which this island nation has for
import and exports the sea which surrounds us.
Full report in our February issue "Forum"
MFV Kayleigh on her way out of Dunmore East - Photo by WP.
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