18th December

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Policy rethink required to safeguard rural coastal and island communities

The Joint-Sub-Committee on Fisheries has called for a change in government policy that will support a diverse range of activities to protect rural coastal and island communities. 

In a detailed report launched on Inis Oírr earlier this month, the sub-Committee outlines how 'proactive government support with proportionate and sensible bureautic controls' could ensure that aquaculture, inshore fishing, sea angling, marine tourism and seaweed initiatives could co-exist in these communities.

The majority of boats in the Irish fishing fleet are under 10 metres. Photo Gillian Mills

The majority of boats in the Irish fishing fleet are under 10 metres. Photo Gillian Mills

It advocates an holistic approach to a management structure grounded in 'reliable data' e.g. that might explore how 'heritage licences' could facilitate traditional fishing practices.

Read more: Policy rethink required to safeguard rural coastal and island communities

Weather warning to stay safe

Irish Water Safety is warning the public that to stay SAFE they must stay away from the edges of waterways during storm conditions that are even more dangerous due to heavy rain, strong gale force winds and high tides.

Fast rising flood water is very powerful and often hides the dangers of exposed drains, exposed manhole covers and submerged objects. No driver or pedestrian should take a chance passing through flooded roadways. Parents should caution children that small flooded streams are very fast and that floodwater hides true water depths. storm conditions at 40ft Sandycove, Co Dublin

Storm conditions at 40ft Sandycove, Co Dublin.                                                        Photo Gillian Mills

Read more: Weather warning to stay safe

Dome replacement for crucial Atlantic lighthouse

The Commissioners of Irish Lights has completed a reconstruction and modernisation project at Eagle Island Lighthouse, Co Mayo, one the the most testing sites on the Irish Atlantic coast.

The project involved replacing the entire upper part of the lighthouse structure, using a helicopter. "Eagle Island Lighthouse stands 220 feet above the Atlantic Ocean yet years of winter storms have damaged buildings and equipment in the walled compound," remarked Capt Robert McCabe, Director of Operations and Navigation Services.

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He added that the new light would provide a high quality, highly reliable 18-mile LED light and for the first time an automatic identification system.

"The solar battery system will remove the requirement for diesel generation with consequent environmental benefits and maintenance savings," he added.

Agencies join force to create a safety awareness campaign

BIM, the Irish sea-fisheries development agency, and Irish Water Safety, have co-launched a coastal awareness campaign that runs to November 3. Over the next two weeks, adverts to highlight awareness of wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) will air on nine local radio stations around the coast. PFDs maximise the chances of surviving an accident in the water.

The broadcasts will coincide with the installation of the PFD signage being located at piers around the coast.

2546 BIM PFD safety sign web

"BIM is pleased to have partnered with Irish Water Safety in this campaign. While our remits are different, we are united in our commitment to ensuring maximum awareness of the importance of wearing the proper safety equipment while engaged in water-based activities," remarked Michael Keatinge, BIM Fisheries and Training Director. 

Read more: Agencies join force to create a safety awareness campaign

Rathlin Reminiscences: Its people-Its Stories-Its Places

Wendy Scott

On the eve of his 90th birthday, Loughie McQuilkin the oldest Islander on Rathlin, launched his first book, but as he told Inshore Ireland, perhaps not his last.

This personal account of a bygone era was unveiled to a packed McCuaigs Bar on the island along with invited guests and friends, including UTV’s Lesser Spotted Ulster presenter, Joe Mahon.

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A few selected excerpts were read from the book by Nicky Sebastian, who along with Loughie’s daughter Margaret, and extended family members Jennifer and John McCurdy, listened to Loughie’s stories and helped to make the book happen. Joe Mahon also read some sections, getting a laugh from the assembled well-wishers.

Read more: Rathlin Reminiscences: Its people-Its Stories-Its Places

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