Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Displaying items by tag: Garda

Cars parked at coastal and other outdoor locations are at most risk of being broken into on weekend afternoons during summer months, the Garda Siochána says.

Catalytic converters, cash, electronics, jewellery and tools were the items most targeted, and the average value of property stolen per incident was €660.

An average of €330 of cash was taken per incident, the Garda Press Office has said.

Just over €36 million in value was stolen from vehicles between 2016 and 2020.

Although theft from cars fell by 20 per cent last year, some 60 per cent of all thefts were from locations associated with outdoor activities during the summer.

The force has said that weekends between 2 pm and 7 pm appear to be the most likely time for thefts to occur.

Garda crime prevention officer Sgt Ber Leetch said that while overall theft from car incidents has reduced in the last 12 months, the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions would see "increased opportunities for criminals to take advantage" during home holidays.

"If you are travelling with your car to coastal and scenic areas this summer, plan your journey before you go. Check online if the location has a website or app with safety tips for visitors," he advised.

"Leave the expensive property at home if not required. Choose well serviced and well-lit car parks where possible. Avoid car parks with signs of public disorder or criminal damage, such as broken glass. Park legally, do not obstruct vehicles or entrances," he said.

Items like handbags, jackets, wallets, laptops, and shopping should never be left on view in the vehicle, he said.

"A good idea is to leave an empty glove box open, showing would-be criminals that there is nothing for them to steal," he said.

"As you leave double-check that your doors and windows are locked. Don’t be tempted to leave the windows slightly open. If you are the victim of a crime or if you see any suspicious activity call 999 or 112 and report it, "Sgt Leetch said.

Published in Coastal Notes
Tagged under

#Rowing: Spectators at the Garda Boat Club witnessed a rare sight for an Irish crowd - a competitor breaking six minutes for 2,000 metres on the ergometer. Neptune's Ben Behr Heyder set a time of 5:59.8 at the Leinster Indoor Rowing competition to rousing cheers. The six foot six German had an explosive start at a rate of over 50 strokes per minutes and then eased down and looked remarkably calm from there. It was is third time to break the six minute mark.

 Breanna Larsen of Garda Boat Club woas the fastest woman, with a new personal best of 7:05.9. Eimear Lambe of UCD was the fastest under-23 woman - she set a time of 7:11.1.

Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition, Garda Boat Club (Selected Results)

Men

Open: B Behr-Heyder 5:59.8. Under-23: F Mulligan 6:21.4. Under-23 Lightweight: N Beggan 6:40.8. Novice (1,000m): C Guilfoyle 3:00.6. Under-18: N Hull 6:28.4. Under-16: J Gibney 6:53.2. Masters 30: A Maher 6:23.5.

Women

Open: B Larsen 7:05.9. Under-23: E Lambe 7:11.1. Novice (1,000m): C Hawker 3:35.8. Under-18: C Feerick 7:22.1. Under-16: A Keogh 7:41.8.

Masters 30: M Ragget 8:24.4.

Published in Rowing

#DroghedaPort - Drogheda Port was the base of a major emergency planning exercise this morning (Thursday 27 October) as Garda units and other emergency services simulated a three-stage hostage scenario, as The Irish Times reports.

In the first stage, the Garda Water Unit aided armed response officers in boarding a vessel detected acting suspiciously. This was followed by a hostage-taking simulation on the dock, concluding with an armed assault on a port warehouse to free the hostages.

The operation, which was expected to conclude by lunchtime, was focused on evaluating the emergency response capabilities of relevant units and personnel.

Published in Drogheda Port

#Rowing: Portora took the men’s senior four and men’s senior pair at the Queen’s Regatta on Saturday at Castlewellan. Damien Kelly of Garda and Micheál Bailey of Neptune finished first and second in the men’s senior single. Commercial took the men’s club one eight and coxed fours. The host club took the women’s club one eight.

 

Event NameCrew nameRace PositionResult Points
Mens Senior 4-Portora1st 50
Mens Senior 4-QUBBC2nd -10
Mens Senior 2-Portora1st 50
Mens Senior 2-QUBBC A2nd -10
Mens Senior 2-QUBBC BDid not start 0
Mens Senior 2XSligo1st 50
Mens Senior 2XPortora2nd -10
Mens Senior 2XGardaDid not start 0
Mens Senior 1XGarda, Kelly, D1st 50
Mens Senior 1XNeptune, Bailey, M2nd -10
Mens Senior 1XQUBBC, Stitt, J3rd -10
Mens Senior 1XGarda, Allen, RDid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 2-Commercial1st 50
Mens Intermediate 2-Belfast RC A2nd -10
Mens Intermediate 2-Belfast RC B3rd -10
Mens Intermediate 2-CGS4th -10
Mens Intermediate 1XBelfast BC, Mitchell, D1st 50
Mens Intermediate 1XQUBBC, Martin, P2nd -10
Mens Intermediate 1XC of Derry, D'Urso, G3rd -10
Mens Intermediate 1XQUBBC, Stitt, J4th -10
Mens Intermediate 1XGarda, Allen, RDid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 1XGarda, Maceoin, DDid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 1XPortadown, Laivins, ADid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 1XQUBBC, Taylor, RDid not start 0
Mens Club 1 8+Commercial1st 50
Mens Club 1 8+QUBBC2nd -10
Mens Club 1 4+Commercial1st 50
Mens Club 1 4+Belfast RC2nd -10
Mens Club 1 4+QUBBC A3rd -10
Mens Club 1 4+CGS4th -10
Mens Club 1 4+QUBBC B5th -10
Mens Club 1 4+Methodist6th -10
Mens Club 1 4X-QUBBC B1st 50
Mens Club 1 4X-Sligo2nd -10
Mens Club 1 4X-QUBBC ADid not start 0
Mens Club 1 2XSligo1st 50
Mens Club 1 2XGarda B2nd -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC A3rd -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC C4th -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC B5th -10
Mens Club 1 2XBlackrock6th -10
Mens Club 1 2XCommercialCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC DCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 2XRBAICompeted -10
Mens Club 1 2XGarda ADid not start 0
Mens Club 1 1XBelfast BC, Mitchell, D1st 50
Mens Club 1 1XGarda, Maceoin, D2nd -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, McNamee, M3rd -10
Mens Club 1 1XCommercial, Connolly, S4th -10
Mens Club 1 1XC of Derry, D'Urso, G5th -10
Mens Club 1 1XBlackrock, Riordan, P6th -10
Mens Club 1 1XBlackrock, Drennan, DCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XCommercial, Fowler, PCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, Foster, CCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, Holden, PCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, Stitt, JCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XPortadown, Laivins, ADid not start 0
Mens Club 1 1XSligo, Patterson, GDid not start 0
Mens Club 2 8+QUBBC1st 50
Mens Club 2 8+RBAI2nd -10
Mens Club 2 8+Methodist3rd -10
Mens Novice 4X+Sligo1st 50
Mens Novice 4X+Portadown B2nd -10
Mens Novice 4X+Portadown A3rd -10
Mens J18A 8+Portora1st 0
Mens J18A 8+Methodist A3rd 0
Mens J18A 8+Methodist B4th 0
Mens J18A 4+Portora1st 0
Mens J18A 4+Methodist2nd 0
Mens J18A 4+RBAI A3rd 0
Mens J18A 4+RBAI BDisqualified 0
Mens J18A 4X-Lee A1st 0
Mens J18A 4X-Lee B2nd 0
Mens J18A 4X-RBAI3rd 0
Mens J18A 4X-Portadown4th 0
Mens J18A 4X-Methodist5th 0
Mens J18A 2-Portora B1st 0
Mens J18A 2-Methodist2nd 0
Mens J18A 2-Portora ADid not finish 0
Mens J18A 2XLee A1st 0
Mens J18A 2XLee D2nd 0
Mens J18A 2XLee C3rd 0
Mens J18A 2XLee B4th 0
Mens J18A 2XPortadown B5th 0
Mens J18A 2XCGSCompeted 0
Mens J18A 2XPortadown ACompeted 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Hull, N1st 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Murtagh, D2nd 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Morrow, R3rd 0
Mens J18A 1XBelfast RC, Moran, J4th 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Tang, CDid not start 0
Mens J16 8+Portora1st 0
Mens J16 8+Methodist2nd 0
Mens J16 4X+Portora A1st 0
Mens J16 4X+Commercial2nd 0
Mens J16 4X+Methodist A3rd 0
Mens J16 4X+Portadown4th 0
Mens J16 4X+Blackrock5th 0
Mens J16 4X+Methodist B6th 0
Mens J16 4X+Methodist CCompeted 0
Mens J16 4X+Portora BCompeted 0
Mens J16 2XCommercial1st 0
Mens J16 2XBelfast BC2nd 0
Mens J16 2XPortora3rd 0
Mens J16 2XPortadown B4th 0
Mens J16 2XPortadown A5th 0
Mens J16 2XPortadown C6th 0
Mens J16 1XCGS, Moore, H1st 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Browne, K2nd 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Hickey, D3rd 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Holton, A4th 0
Mens J16 1XPortora, Blake, R5th 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Daly, ACompeted 0
Mens J16 1XRBAI, Lyons, TCompeted 0
Mens J15 4X+Blackrock1st 0
Mens J15 4X+Portora2nd 0
Mens J15 4X+Methodist B3rd 0
Mens J15 4X+Methodist A4th 0
Mens J15 2XBlackrock A1st 0
Mens J15 2XPortora2nd 0
Mens J15 2XMethodist A3rd 0
Mens J15 2XBlackrock B4th 0
Mens J15 2XPortadown5th 0
Mens J15 2XMethodist B6th 0
Womens Senior 1XBelfast BC, Turner, KDid not start 0
Womens Senior 1XGarda, Larsen, BDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 2-QUBLBC A1st 50
Womens Intermediate 2-Bann2nd -10
Womens Intermediate 2-SMRC3rd -10
Womens Intermediate 2-QUBLBC C4th -10
Womens Intermediate 2-Portora A5th -10
Womens Intermediate 2-Portora B6th -10
Womens Intermediate 2-QUBLBC BDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XGarda, Larsen, B1st 50
Womens Intermediate 1XNUIG, Pigott, M2nd -10
Womens Intermediate 1XBelfast BC, Turner, KDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XGarda, Moore, MDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XGarda, Ryan, JDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XQUBLBC, Brown, RDid not start 0
Womens Club 1 8+QUBLBC A1st 50
Womens Club 1 8+Bann2nd -10
Womens Club 1 8+QUBLBC B2nd -10
Womens Club 1 4X-Bann1st 50
Womens Club 1 4X-Methodist2nd -10
Womens Club 1 4X-Belfast RCDid not start 0
Womens Club 1 2XBann1st 50
Womens Club 1 2XSMRC2nd -10
Womens Club 1 2XGarda3rd -10
Womens Club 1 2XQUBLBC A4th -10
Womens Club 1 2XQUBLBC BDid not finish 0
Womens Club 1 1XGarda, Ryan, J1st 50
Womens Club 1 1XGarda, Moore, M2nd -10
Womens Club 1 1XLee, Murphy, C3rd -10
Womens Club 1 1XLee, Nagle, N4th -10
Womens Club 1 1XQUBLBC, Potts, L5th -10
Womens Club 1 1XQUBLBC, Crouch, J6th -10
Womens Novice 4X+QUBLBC B1st 50
Womens Novice 4X+Portadown2nd -10
Womens Novice 4X+Sligo3rd -10
Womens Novice 4X+QUBLBC A4th -10
Womens Novice 4X+Belfast BCDisqualified 0
Womens J18A 8+Portora1st 0
Womens J18A 8+Methodist2nd 0
Womens J18A 8+Bann3rd 0
Womens J18A 8+Portadown4th 0
Womens J18A 4-Methodist1st 0
Womens J18A 4-Portora A2nd 0
Womens J18A 4-Portora B3rd 0
Womens J18A 4X-Bann1st 0
Womens J18A 4X-Lee2nd 0
Womens J18A 4X-Sligo3rd 0
Womens J18A 4X-Portadown4th 0
Womens J18A 2XBann1st 0
Womens J18A 2XLee A2nd 0
Womens J18A 2XNeptune3rd 0
Womens J18A 2XLee B4th 0
Womens J18A 2XSligo A5th 0
Womens J18A 2XPortadown A6th 0
Womens J18A 2XBelfast RCCompeted 0
Womens J18A 2XPortadown BCompeted 0
Womens J18A 2XPortadown CCompeted 0
Womens J18A 2XSligo BCompeted 0
Womens J18A 1XNeptune, Feerick, C1st 0
Womens J18A 1XBann, Odonovan, A2nd 0
Womens J18A 1XBann, Wylie, L3rd 0
Womens J18A 1XPortadown, McCann, K4th 0
Womens J18A 1XNeptune, Clark, ADid not start 0
Womens J16 8+Portora A1st (private race)0
Womens J16 8+Portora B2nd (private race)0
Womens J16 4X+Lee1st 0
Womens J16 4X+Portora2nd 0
Womens J16 4X+Sligo3rd 0
Womens J16 4X+Portadown4th 0
Womens J16 4X+Belfast RC5th 0
Womens J16 2XPortora B1st 0
Womens J16 2XPortora A2nd 0
Womens J16 2XMethodist3rd 0
Womens J16 2XBelfast RC4th 0
Womens J16 1XBelfast RC, Hall, A1st 0
Womens J16 1XPortadown, McCann, S2nd 0
Womens J16 1XBann, Blemmings, E3rd 0
Womens J16 1XPortora, Hutton, DCompeted 0
Womens J16 1XPortora, McComb, TCompeted 0
Womens J16 1XPortora, O'Doherty, MCompeted 0
Womens J16 1XBann, Carson, RDid not start 0
Womens J15 4X+Bann1st 0
Womens J15 4X+Portora A2nd 0
Womens J15 4X+Portora B3rd 0
Womens J15 4X+Portadown4th 0
Womens J15 2XPortadown A1st 0
Womens J15 2XBann A2nd 0
Womens J15 2XBann B3rd 0
Womens J15 2XPortadown B4th 0
Published in Rowing

Irish Ferries has linked up with An Garda Siochana, to support their forthcoming ‘Chris Crossing’ charity boat row across the Irish Sea, the aim being to raise some €50,000 for the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital.

Planned in memory of Garda Chris Byrne, who passed away in March 2016 as a result of a brain tumour, the event is being undertaken by 12 Gardaí from Dublin’s Store Street station. The 12-15 hours crossing from Dublin to Holyhead will take place in late May/early June, depending on weather conditions.

Irish Ferries will provide transport and other logistics support required to guarantee the success of the undertaking.

As part of the build-up, celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment will participate with Gardai in staging on-street rowing demonstrations at two Dublin city centre locations on Saturday, April 30th when they will row the equivalent of 500 metres as part of a Top Gear-themed time challenge. Participants also plan to raise money through a bucket collection at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium prior to the Ireland v Holland soccer international on May 29th.

A wider appeal for subscriptions asks members of the public to text Beaumont to 50300 to make a €4 donation, or online at www.beaumontfundraising.ie

 

Published in Coastal Rowing
Tagged under

Waterways Ireland has been requested by An Garda to limit boat movements on the Royal and Grand Canals in the Kildare area throughout this week from 25 to 31 January, during the course of an on-going investigation, particularly from the Dublin county boundary to Sallins and Maynooth respectively on the two canals.

Waterways Ireland asks that owners and masters abide by this request, and plan boat movements accordingly.

Published in Inland Waterways

#Rowing: Breanna Larsen of Garda Boat Club set a fine personal best time of seven minutes 7.9 seconds at the Leinster Indoor Rowing competition at Garda Rowing Club on Saturday. Oblivious to the wind and rain outside, the women rowers from Garda, UCD and Trinity competed and set some good times. Trinity won the award for best female club, but Aileen Crowley of UCD took the under-23 title, clocking an impressive 7:13.30.  

Leinster Indoor Competition, Garda Boat Club, Saturday (Selected Results, 2,000m unless stated) Full Results Attached

Men

Open: 1 D Kelly 6:17.8, 2 C McShane 6:54.8, 3 P Murphy 7:12.4. Novice (1,000): C Harrington 3:11.7. Jun 18: 1 N Beggan 6:51.8, 2 J Phelan 6:53.3, 3 A Lennon 6:56.0. Jun 16: R Quinn 6:54.9. 

Masters 30+: D Quinn 6:31.40. Non-Rower (1,000m); 2:59.8.

Women

Open: 1 B Larsen 7:07.90 (PB), M Moore 7:20.10, 3 S O’Brien 7:23.6. Under-23:  A Crowley 7:13.30. Junior 18: E Lambe 7:18.90, 2 C Feerick 7:29.6, 3 J Coleman 7:48.7. Jun 16: S Maxwell 7:49.6. Lightweight: G Crowe 7:33.90.

Novice (1,000m): B O’Brien 3:29.8. 

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: Boating equipment worth €150,000 has been recovered by gardaí investigating the theft of boat engines. The haul included 74 outboard engines, ten boats and eight boat trailers. The public is asked to access the Garda social websites or ring 057 8674100 to arrange viewing.

 There have been a number of thefts of engines and equipment from rowing clubs and the National Rowing Centre in recent years.

Published in Rowing

#ROWING: Sam McKeown of Portadown won the intermediate single sculls, beating Damien Kelly of Garda, at Limerick Regatta today. The St Michael’s men’s senior pair came out on top and Portora won both the junior 18 and junior 16 men’s eights. Patrick Munnelly of Athlone won the final of the men’s junior 18 single sculls. The event had to be delayed for over an hour because of inclement weather and junior 14 events were cancelled. However, a meeting at the venue decided that the Irish Schools Regatta on Sunday will go ahead.

Limerick Regatta, O’Brien’s Bridge, Selected Results:

Men

Eight – Junior 18: 1 Portora, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 St Michael’s.

Junior 16: 1 Portora, 2 Col Iognáid, 3 St Joseph’s. Masters: St Michael’s.

Four – Senior: 1 Skibbereen, 2 St Michael’s.

Pair – Senior: 1 St Michael’s, 2 Neptune, 3 Shannon.

Sculling – Quadruple – Club Two: 1 Cork B, 2 Shandon, 3 Cork A. Junior 15, coxed, Final One: 1 Shandon A, 2 St Michael’s, 3 Killorglin. Final Two: Castleconnell.

Single – Intermediate: 1 Portadown (S McKeown), 2 Garda (D Kelly), 3 St Michael’s (D O’Connor). Junior 18: 1 Athlone (P Munnelly), 2 Graiguenamanagh (A Lennon), 3 Castleconnell (N Meehan).

Women

Eight – Junior 18: 1 Portora, 2 St Michael’s, 3 Galway.

Sculling, Quadruple – Junior 18: 1 Lee, 2 Fermoy, 3 Offaly.

Double – Junior 15: 1 Workmans, 2 Fermoy, 3 Lee A.

Published in Rowing

Annalise Murphy finished four points clear at the top of the leaderboard at Italian Olympic week yesterday and will be today's six–boat medal race favourite at the inaugural Eurosaf sailing cup on Lake Garda. Strong local 'Ora' winds are blowing on the lake this morning suiting the Irish sailor.

The 23-year-old Dun Laoghaire single–hander counts a string of five first places in her 47-boat fleet to lead Croatian sailor Tina Mihelic. Third is Finn Tuula Tenkanen.

Annalise just missed the podium in last year's Games. The Croatian came 17th in London and Tenkanen two places in front of sister Heidi who came 5th.

Annalise hit form on Wednesday afternoon bouncing back from a ninth in race one to score a first and second with five more wins following, stamping her heavy air authority on the fleet.

She ended the qualifying rounds however with a 29 and 7 describing yesterday 'as a pretty crazy day' on the lake with winds blowing from zero to 20-knots.

This 47-boat affair is not at World cup level but it is nevertheless a strong fleet and one where the National Yacht Club single-hander is proving herself after crashing out of the gold fleet of the World Cup in Hyères a fortnight ago.

The new Eurosaf series concept has been designed to complement ISAF's world cup and this week is its first outing with some new style competition formats.

live streaming of the medal race will be on Afloat.ie when available from local broadcasters

Laser Radial Finalists
1)IRL Murphy
2)CRO Mihelic
3)FIN Tenkanen T.
4)BLR Drozdovskaya
5)FIN Tenkanen H.
6)TUR Donertas

Top ten qualifying round results below:

italianresults

 

 

Published in Annalise Murphy
Page 1 of 2

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - FAQS

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are geographically defined maritime areas where human activities are managed to protect important natural or cultural resources. In addition to conserving marine species and habitats, MPAs can support maritime economic activity and reduce the effects of climate change and ocean acidification.

MPAs can be found across a range of marine habitats, from the open ocean to coastal areas, intertidal zones, bays and estuaries. Marine protected areas are defined areas where human activities are managed to protect important natural or cultural resources.

The world's first MPA is said to have been the Fort Jefferson National Monument in Florida, North America, which covered 18,850 hectares of sea and 35 hectares of coastal land. This location was designated in 1935, but the main drive for MPAs came much later. The current global movement can be traced to the first World Congress on National Parks in 1962, and initiation in 1976 of a process to deliver exclusive rights to sovereign states over waters up to 200 nautical miles out then began to provide new focus

The Rio ‘Earth Summit’ on climate change in 1992 saw a global MPA area target of 10% by the 2010 deadline. When this was not met, an “Aichi target 11” was set requiring 10% coverage by 2020. There has been repeated efforts since then to tighten up MPA requirements.

Marae Moana is a multiple-use marine protected area created on July 13th 2017 by the government of the Cook islands in the south Pacific, north- east of New Zealand. The area extends across over 1.9 million square kilometres. However, In September 2019, Jacqueline Evans, a prominent marine biologist and Goldman environmental award winner who was openly critical of the government's plans for seabed mining, was replaced as director of the park by the Cook Islands prime minister’s office. The move attracted local media criticism, as Evans was responsible for developing the Marae Moana policy and the Marae Moana Act, She had worked on raising funding for the park, expanding policy and regulations and developing a plan that designates permitted areas for industrial activities.

Criteria for identifying and selecting MPAs depends on the overall objective or direction of the programme identified by the coastal state. For example, if the objective is to safeguard ecological habitats, the criteria will emphasise habitat diversity and the unique nature of the particular area.

Permanence of MPAs can vary internationally. Some are established under legislative action or under a different regulatory mechanism to exist permanently into the future. Others are intended to last only a few months or years.

Yes, Ireland has MPA cover in about 2.13 per cent of our waters. Although much of Ireland’s marine environment is regarded as in “generally good condition”, according to an expert group report for Government published in January 2021, it says that biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation are of “wide concern due to increasing pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change”.

The Government has set a target of 30 per cent MPA coverage by 2030, and moves are already being made in that direction. However, environmentalists are dubious, pointing out that a previous target of ten per cent by 2020 was not met.

Conservation and sustainable management of the marine environment has been mandated by a number of international agreements and legal obligations, as an expert group report to government has pointed out. There are specific requirements for area-based protection in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the OSPAR Convention, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Yes, the Marine Strategy Framework directive (2008/56/EC) required member states to put measures in place to achieve or maintain good environmental status in their waters by 2020. Under the directive a coherent and representative network of MPAs had to be created by 2016.

Ireland was about halfway up the EU table in designating protected areas under existing habitats and bird directives in a comparison published by the European Commission in 2009. However, the Fair Seas campaign, an environmental coalition formed in 2022, points out that Ireland is “lagging behind “ even our closest neighbours, such as Scotland which has 37 per cent. The Fair Seas campaign wants at least 10 per cent of Irish waters to be designated as “fully protected” by 2025, and “at least” 30 per cent by 2030.

Nearly a quarter of Britain’s territorial waters are covered by MPAs, set up to protect vital ecosystems and species. However, a conservation NGO, Oceana, said that analysis of fishing vessel tracking data published in The Guardian in October 2020 found that more than 97% of British MPAs created to safeguard ocean habitats, are being dredged and bottom trawled. 

There’s the rub. Currently, there is no definition of an MPA in Irish law, and environment protections under the Wildlife Acts only apply to the foreshore.

Current protection in marine areas beyond 12 nautical miles is limited to measures taken under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives or the OSPAR Convention. This means that habitats and species that are not listed in the EU Directives, but which may be locally, nationally or internationally important, cannot currently be afforded the necessary protection

Yes. In late March 2022, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said that the Government had begun developing “stand-alone legislation” to enable identification, designation and management of MPAs to meet Ireland’s national and international commitments.

Yes. Environmental groups are not happy, as they have pointed out that legislation on marine planning took precedence over legislation on MPAs, due to the push to develop offshore renewable energy.

No, but some activities may be banned or restricted. Extraction is the main activity affected as in oil and gas activities; mining; dumping; and bottom trawling

The Government’s expert group report noted that MPA designations are likely to have the greatest influence on the “capture fisheries, marine tourism and aquaculture sectors”. It said research suggests that the net impacts on fisheries could ultimately be either positive or negative and will depend on the type of fishery involved and a wide array of other factors.

The same report noted that marine tourism and recreation sector can substantially benefit from MPA designation. However, it said that the “magnitude of the benefits” will depend to a large extent on the location of the MPA sites within the network and the management measures put in place.

© Afloat 2022