HC Deb 14 March 1904 vol 131 cc988-9
MR. SHEEHY (Meath, S.)

I beg to; ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will explain why the date of the commencement of the close season for salmon is not the same along the east coast of Ireland; whether complaints have been made to the Irish Department of injury done to the fishing industry, both by the conservators of the Boyne and the fishermen by the lateness of the date of closing in one section of the coast north of the mouth of the Boyne; and what steps, if any, are to be taken to arrange that the season closes on the same date on both sections, north and south of the Boyne.


The dates vary in different localities according to the requirements of each. The netting season for salmon is the same north and south of the mouth of the Boyne, but it differs from the netting seasons in the adjoining Dundalk district. Legislation would be necessary to enable the Department to deal satisfactorily with the operation of the close seasons.


IS the right hon. Gentleman prepared to introduce a Bill?


I will consider that. I cannot promise to do so this session.

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