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Tom MacSweeney's MARITIME PODCAST - May

On the May edition of Tom MacSweeney's Maritime Podcast, Ireland’s only maritime broadcast:
The 14-year-old island girl who told the Minister for the Marine to do his job outlines why she is so angry about the treatment of fisherman. We hear how 300 million years of the Burren in County Clare is being examined and there is much more about Ireland's maritime sector, its culture, history and tradition.

News 24th May:
Opening of €2.1 million National Sea Survival Training Pool to bolster Safety at Sea Training for Seafood Sector

A new €2.16 million national sea survival training pool, which will enhance safety at sea for thousands of Irish fishermen and women, was opened today (Friday 24 May 2024) by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, TD.

The state-of-the-art pool, based at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) National Fisheries College of Ireland (NFCI) in Greencastle, Co. Donegal, will provide high quality sea survival training for those working in the fishing industry around Ireland. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine investment of €2.16 million means BIM will now be able to deliver more sea survival training courses to students on-site, ensuring additional people working in the seafood sector will have access to these safety training courses. The 12-metre pool is equipped with modern training equipment, and can simulate sea conditions, such as cold, dark water, wind and rain. Full story here

#Fight4Fishing Campaign Launched at Killybegs Hustings

Over 200 people turned up to hear Midlands North West European election candidates’ views on fishing at a meeting in Killybegs on Wednesday night, 22nd May.

The event was hosted by the Irish Fish Producers Organisation, the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association. Full story here

News 23rd May:
‘Drowning in Debt’ Fisherman Pleads with Government to Honour Its Promise to Bring in Scheme Which Would Allow Him Fish

A Cork fisherman who says he is ‘drowning in debt’ has today spoken of his despair as his boat is tied to the pier preventing him from fishing, as a result of what he says is the Irish Government’s absolute and utter sloth in enacting a long-promised scheme that would allow him to bring in his crew from abroad.

48-year-old Noel O’ Sullivan from Castletownbeare says that in 2020 the Government changed the rules around bringing in international fishing crews and that despite repeated assurances, there is no sign of the long promised new changes being enacted. Full story here

News 22nd May:
Pringle calls on Government to support fish factory workers

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, has called on Government to support fish factory workers.

Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle said: “The fishing industry in Ireland has been in serious and rapid decline since the introduction of the Common Fisheries Policy. Because of this, fish factory workers, who once worked 10 months of the year, are now lucky to get six weeks of work in the factories. Full story here

News 16th May:
Government inaction has left the Irish inshore fishing industry on brink of collapse

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has again called on the Minister for the Marine Charlie Mc Conalogue and the Government to urgently intervene to stop the collapse of the inshore fishing industry in Ireland.

The Donegal based TD is reiterating the extreme seriousness of the crisis being faced by the inshore fishing sector and the complete lack of action by the Government to put in place supporting measures. Full story here

News 15th May:
MEP Hopefuls to Address Fishing Community as Election Candidates Confirmed for Fishing Sector Hustings on 22nd May

Fishing and seafood organisations have come together to launch a pre-election campaign for change at EU level. They are asking MEPs to fight for the survival of their industry and for a fair share of EU fishing quotas.

Aodh O Donnell of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) says they are launching their #fight4fishing campaign today and urging the public to support it. As part of the campaign, they’ve invited the Midlands North-West candidates to a public meeting in Killybegs, Ireland's largest fishing port, next Wednesday 22nd May. Full story here

News 14th May:
Time to Bang Heads in Department Say Fishermen

Fishermen have called for a Working Group between the fishing industry and officials in Environment Minister Eamon Ryan's Department to "knock heads together" to sort out problems with offshore renewable energy.

Recognition that fishing, aquaculture and processing are vital socio-economic activities and sources of income and employment for coastal communities, along with Government acknowledgement of the potential socio-economic impacts of ORE on the communities have been welcomed by the Seafood Industry Representatives Forum. This is a collective of eight Irish fishing and aquaculture industry representative organisations, formed to deal with the issues associated with ORE development and its impacts on the seafood sector. Full story here

News 10th May:
Clogherhead RNLI celebrates 125 years in service!

The RNLI is celebrating its bicentenary this year having been founded in 1824 by Sir William Hillary who had a vision for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea.

At a local level, Clogherhead RNLI is celebrating a significant birthday this year also. It is 125 years in service having come into existence in 1899 when, under the auspices of the RNLI, a corrugated galvanised iron boathouse, on a concrete foundation with a short slipway, was built near the beach, close to where the existing boathouse stands today. Full story here

News 23rd April:
Muireann Brings Her Fight to Europe

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus is to host 14 year old fisherwoman Muireann Kavanagh and her family in the European Parliament, Strasbourg on Wednesday 24th April.

Muireann Kavanagh gives MEP Chris MacManus the fishing line which the EU has stopped her from using

Muireann Kavanagh is a young fisherwoman from the island of Arranmore, County Donegal and has been vocal on the need to ensure a future for young people in coastal and fishing communities. She is leading a fight for fair play for fishing communities, to ensure that they are not abandoned by EU policy making. Full story here

Dooagh National School sends shark message to visitors to Achill Island on Earth Day

The Basking Sharks are back and the children of Dooagh NS on Achill Island, completing the Marine Institute’s Explorers Healthy Ocean Project, created a message for the locals and tourists at Keel beach on Earth Day (22nd April 2024), to respect our wildlife and keep your distance from these gentle giants.

Irene Patten, Dooagh NS Principal, congratulated the children on their life size basking shark measuring 8 metres long made of sand and rocks and importantly, the message using rocks for everyone to see: “Please respect our Sharks”. Full story here

News 19th April:
Iniúchadh TG4 documentary reveals that Scottish Government believe that Rockall dispute over fishing rights could be resolved

TG4 (& Wednesday 24 April at 9:30pm

A long-running dispute over fishing rights around Rockall could be resolved following fresh discussions with the Irish authorities, the Scottish Government has told TG4 current affairs documentary that airs on Wednesday 24th of April at 9.30 pm. Full story here

Kilmore Quay RNLI assist five people aboard angling charter as lifeboat crew leave family confirmations to help

Kilmore Quay RNLI launched this afternoon (19 April) to assist five people aboard an angling charter boat southeast of the Saltee Islands, when rope had become entangled in the propellor. A number of the responding volunteer lifeboat crew left family confirmation celebrations to answer the call for help.

The all-weather Tamar class relief lifeboat, Victor Freeman, was requested to launch by the Coast Guard at 1.00pm today. The lifeboat was under the command of Coxswain Trevor Devereux with four crew members onboard and it arrived on scene at 13:30pm. Having checked all onboard were safe and well, it was decided that the safest course of action was to establish a tow. Full story here

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