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'lllegal' Irish Vessels Warns Scottish Minister Could be Boarded as Creed Dismisses Navy Involvement

10th June 2019
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Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he hopes a “sensible solution” can be found on the issue of Rockall. File photograph of Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín on a routine maritime security operations patrol off Rockall. Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he hopes a “sensible solution” can be found on the issue of Rockall. File photograph of Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín on a routine maritime security operations patrol off Rockall. Photo: Defence Forces

Irish vessels are fishing “illegally”,writes the journal.ie, in the area around Rockall according to a Scottish Minisiter who said an “enforcement plan” will be put in place unless the ships desist from their activity there.

Speaking to RTÉ’s This Week programme, Scottish Minister for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said that this action will see Irish captains asked to cease and desist if they are found fishing in this area. If they refuse, he said further action would be taken “in accordance with the law” which would involve vessels being boarded.

However, speaking to the same programme, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said Ireland has never recognised the UK’s claim on Rockall, and that all legal avenues would be explored to allow Irish vessels to continue to fish there unhindered.

For much more click here including the issue of jurisdiction over Rockall which has long been disputed.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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