Minister decides against penalty points system for fishermen


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed, has decided not to proceed with a Penalty Point System for fishermen.

This outcome has come about as a result of a strong case made by the politicians and the fishing organisations.

The Minister referred the Statutory Instrument to the Attorney General.

It has now been confirmed that the Penalty Points can only apply after a court has dealt with the case. This is in sharp contrast to the original intention.

Today’s announcement will ensure that a fairer Penalty Point System is implemented in compliance with E.U. Regulations.

Donegal FF TD Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the move: