Fisheries Board says ice from closed plants can be used
Fishermen will still be able to use ice from three plants, despite controversial orders for them to close being issued by the Fisheries Board.
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has defended its decision to shut down the ice plants at Howth in Co Dublin, Dunmore East in Co Waterford, and Kilmore Quay in Wexford.
The agency made the decision this week because of health and safety concerns for workers at the plants.
BIM released a statement yesterday clarifying its position and said ice would remain available to all fishermen at each of the three plants.
In the statement, the agency said the issues with the plants were identified after an internal audit.
One such issue related to personnel shortages with some staff working on their own in the plants.
The agency also said there was concern over some of the buildings, which are more than 40 years old and may not comply with modern safety standards.
However BIM stressed there was no public safety risk detected in the plants.