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Written Answers - Inland Fisheries

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 154. Deputy Thomas Pringle Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle  asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural [354]Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  if he will consider appointing a fisherman’s representative from Lough Foyle, County Donegal, to the board of the Loughs Agency to ensure that their views are taken into consideration in the work of the agency. [3002/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Fergus O’Dowd): Information on Fergus O'Dowd Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd I can advise the Deputy that Board appointments to North South Bodies are a matter for the North South Ministerial Council in accordance with the British Irish Agreement Act 1999.

The term of appointment of the previous Boards of the North South Implementation Bodies and Tourism Ireland came to an end on 12 December, 2011 and new appointments to these Boards were approved by the North South Ministerial Council at its plenary meeting of 18 November, 2011.

All twelve positions on the Board of Loughs Agency have been filled and there are no vacancies at present. Any future appointments to the Board are a matter for the North South Ministerial Council.


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