Clearing backlogs of licence applications
IRELAND: Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan TD is promising that necessary resources will be applied to clear the backlog of 254 licence applications currently awaiting decision in her Department
The Minister, along with the Minister of State, John Browne TD, was
responding to the Irish industry organisation IFA
Aquaculture’s demands for immediate action to address the
huge backlog which was causing serious economic and business
difficulties for its members in finfish and shellfish farming. She
gave her commitment that action will now be taken from January 1st
2008, at the recent Aquaculture Forum meeting in Dublin.
During the meeting, IFA Aquaculture pointed out to the Ministers
the extreme difficulties producers had in raising investment,
protecting businesses or planning for the future in the absence of
decisions on applications for new sites, renewals, reviews and
assignations of aquaculture licences.
IFA Aquaculture Executive Secretary, Richie Flynn said that the
organisation has led a sustained campaign for a reform of the
licensing regime due to the lack of action by successive
"An overhaul of the licensing regime is central to the industry's
future and this was endorsed as a key recommendation in Dr Noel
Cawley’s Seafood Strategy report endorsed by Government
earlier this year", he said.