Dáil Éireann - Volume 585 - 06 May, 2004

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

[193]   147. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will form a central agency to deal with all industry related issues pertaining to aquaculture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13064/04]

  Mr. D. Ahern: I announced earlier this year that the Government had decided to decentralise the five divisions of my Department which deal with the seafood sectors, coastal zone management and marine engineering to Clonakilty, County. Cork. This decentralised branch of the Department will deal, among other things with all policy and management issues relating to the sea fisheries and aquaculture industry and will provide a one-stop shop location for Government services to the seafood sectors generally, including the aquaculture industry.