Tuesday 23 July 2019

Fishermen drop anchor in protest

PROTEST: Fishing boats blockade the harbour at Greysones. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
PROTEST: Fishing boats blockade the harbour at Greysones. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Fishermen in Greystones, Co Wicklow, took to the water around the town's marina yesterday in protest over a decade-long dispute about access to the harbour.

Fishermen from the area moored five boats in the marina, asking other harbour users not to pass by, as their row with the local council and harbour operators escalated.

Fisherman Tim Storey said the protest was to show locals who have fished waters nearby and previously used the harbour are "serious" about ensuring they are able to land their catch there in future.

Local councillor Tom Fortune said further discussions are scheduled to take place this week to resolve the dispute.

A spokesman for BJ Marinas said the company is very concerned about recent developments, adding that the company walked in to a row that was already on-going when it began operating the harbour in 2013. He said a number of by-laws had been broken at the marina in recent times, leading to health and safety issues. It wants to see the matter resolved, he added.

Sunday Independent

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