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Written Answers. - Fishermen's Early Retirement Scheme.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 218. Miss Coughlan Information on Mary Coughlan Zoom on Mary Coughlan  asked the Minister for the Marine Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett  the progress, if any, that has been made regarding an early retirement scheme for fishermen. [9140/96]

Minister for the Marine (Mr. Barrett): Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett An EU Regulation (EC 2719/95) amending Council Regulation 3699/93 was adopted by Council on 20 November 1995. This Regulation allows EU moneys from the financial instrument for fisheries guidance (FIFG) to be used for part-time financing an early retirement scheme for fishermen subject to certain conditions. However, no additional FIFG funds have been provided by the EU to support any such scheme. Existing FIFG funds available to Ireland are allocated under the Fisheries Operational Programme 1994-1999 and the PESCA Community Initiative. These funds are already fully committed. In this context and in the context of priorities within the fisheries sector I have no proposals for an early retirement scheme for fishermen at this point.


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