Update required to Fisheries Legislation
Monday, 6th of March 2017: The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has informed Inland Fisheries Ireland that following legal advice it has received IFI does not have explicit power to prosecute offences under the Fisheries Acts.
The Department has also advised that pending the enactment of amending legislation which is being progressed urgently, Inland Fisheries Ireland summonses for such offences currently before the Courts should, regrettably, not proceed.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is considering whether fresh summonses can issue at a later stage when the amending legislation is in place in respect of all or some of the alleged offences concerned. In the meantime, all persons accused of such offences are in the normal way entitled to the presumption of innocence.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is further advised that cases that have already been finally disposed of by the Courts are not affected. All current provisions and offences of the Inland Fisheries Acts continue in full force and effect. The Department has advised that it is intended that amending provisions will be in place within a matter of weeks well within the statutory period of the 6 month timeframe for the initiation of proceedings following the date of alleged offences. Consequently anyone who commits an alleged offence will still be liable to prosecution..
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Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.