Benefit Sanctions and Coercion Within the Irish Welfare System Thu Sep 22, 2016 13:38 | Cliodhna Murphy
The rights of the unborn: a troubling decision from the High Court? Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:42 | Máiréad Enright
Progress Report on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. Mon Jul 11, 2016 13:40 | admin
The UN and the Eighth Amendment Thu Jun 23, 2016 09:46 | admin
Call for Papers: State Accountability for Vulnerability Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 | admin
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Another five or six months? 18:20 Tue Sep 27, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
CLR Book Club ? Week 5 12:55 Tue Sep 27, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
Dublin Central? 11:00 Tue Sep 27, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
With Corbyn 07:42 Tue Sep 27, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
A fake choice? 12:01 Mon Sep 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015
ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
EU To Reopen Salmon And Sea Lice Investigation
Monday November 25, 2013 18:50 by foie
Press Release - 25th November - FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT
The European Commission is to reopen the EU investigation into salmon and sea lice closed in September of 2012. The investigation was prompted by submissions from Salmon Watch Ireland and the Friends of the Irish Environment to the Commission in 2009.
The closure of the investigation without the ‘express views’ of Inland Fisheries Ireland which the Department of Agriculture denied it held led to a series of ‘Requests for Redress for Maladministration’ lodged by Friends of the Irish Environment to two Irish Government Departments and the European Commission.
The Irish Ombudsman announced a preliminary enquiry into the Department of Agriculture’s handling of the investigation in October. It recently announced an extension of their investigations to include the Department of Foreign Affairs, who coordinate Irish responses to the Commission.
The Commission decision, which was prompted by the intervention of the European Ombudsman, cites an article FIE provided published in the Journal of Fish Diseases in August 2013 which found ‘fundamental errors’ in work by the Irish Marine Institute on which the proposal to double national production at one site in Galway Bay is based.
The authors demonstrate that if the data is interpreted correctly, the mortality rates of returning salmon due to fish lice are not 1% as claimed but 30%.
The commission are also examining a number of documents and Reports, including the Inland Fisheries Report ‘to determine whether it provides sufficient scientific evidence to meet requirements of burden of proof for allegations that Ireland is in breach of the Habitats Directive.’
Ireland has until the 15th of January 2014 to reply to the Commission.
Environmental and angling groups last week launched a Boycott Farmed Salmon for Christmas campaign at the Good Food Ireland awards in Dublin.
Verification: Tony Lowes 087 2176316
A spokesperson for Salmon Watch Ireland said: ‘The decision of the EU Commission to re-open its file on the 2009 complaints of Salmon Watch Ireland and Friends of the Irish Environment, about the impact of salmon farm generated concentrations of sea lice on wild salmon, is a very significant development. Taken together with the Irish Ombudsman’s investigation into allegations that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine failed to transmit critical information relevant to the Commission’s investigations of the complaints, this means that the behaviour of the Department, of BIM and of the Marine Institute on salmon farming issues is once again now under close scrutiny’. [Salmon Watch Ireland 086 826 9222]
The Galway Bay Protection Association was also notified of the reopening of the investigation. The group had provided the Commission with written parliamentary questions tabled by Independent Galway TD Noel Greelish in September and October about the errors in the Marine Institute’s work which Simon Coveney had not addressed in his answer.
A spokesman for the Association said that ‘the fact that the Minister has repeatedly refused to answer our TD’s question highlights that there is a significant problem with lice on salmon. If he is so afraid to answer this question it is because he has no defence.’
Friends of the Irish Environment said it would be inappropriate for Ireland to approve expansions in Bantry and Galway Bay until investigations here and in Europe are complete. ‘We hope this will give us time to show the public that this form of salmon farming is damaging to the environment, to wild salmon, and to the consumer’s health.’ [087 2176316]
Read the Commission’s letter reopening the investigations
Read the Ombudsman letter requesting comment by 31 December 2013
Chronology and Index of all documents referred to and copies of all submissions:
Background story to the investigations:
This Press Release