Talks helped end lighthouse row
EMERGENCY talks were launched with Britain over a report which recommended that London stop subsidising Irish lighthouses.
Traditionally, Britain paid a portion of levies received from ships using its ports to Ireland, acknowledging the fact they often benefited from Irish lighthouses.
A Department of Transport memo warned that: " ... the Irish lights system has always been inherently uneconomic because the elaborate system of lights demanded by geographical conditions has not been matched by a corresponding flow of shipping traffic using Irish ports on which light dues could be levied."
The British government moved quickly to defuse the row but warned they had concerns about British port levies.