The Voisinage Agreement – a peculiar prosecution

Conways Solicitors recently concluded what can only be regarded as as somewhat unusual defence of a Fisheries Prosecution. The State contended that a Northern Ireland Registered vessel had breached fisheries law by fishing in between the 12 and 6 mile limit. The vessel had been fishing off the coast of Galway. The first time... Read More

Harbour Dues and the Polluter Pays Principal

In recent times the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has mandated the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to  collect the millions of harbour dues that are outstanding. This of course was in the back drop of the financial crisis. Traditionally, harbour dues were guaranteed to be discharged because the owners could not sell their... Read More

Conways Solicitors Act in Purchase of Arklow Willow

Conways Solicitors recently acted for the Purchasers of the the MFV Arklow Willow.  Conways acted on behalf of the purchasers, McKeil Marine in the multi million Euro purchase of the general cargo vessel. Built in 2004 and with a capacity of about 10,000 tonnes of cargo, the Arklow Willow is now based in Canada.... Read More

Work Visa for Fishermen

As of today the take up on the Atypical Work Visa Scheme that allows non EEA Fishermen, such as those from the Philippines and Egypt has had a very slow take up. The deadline for the take up of this scheme is the 15th of May 2016. I have received many enquiries about both... Read More

Non EEA Workers Work Scheme Active as of the 15th of February 2016

As of the 15th of February you can now apply for a Work Visa under the Atypical Working Scheme. This scheme is administered by the Department of Justice & Equality. It will operate for those non-officer crew working on vessels greater than 15 meters and registered in the Polyvalent, Beamer and specific segments of... Read More

Conways Solicitors successful in Challenge to Penalty Points

Yesterday, the 15th of January 2016, saw the High Court Strike down the penalty points signed into law by Minister Simon Coveney under Statutory Instrument SI 3 of 2014 entitled ‘European Union (Common Fisheries Policy) (Points System) Regulations 2014’. The vessel owner and the Master of the Vessel the Tea Rose (paddy and Cathal... Read More

Work Visa Scheme for non-EEA crewmen for the Fishing Industry

In light of the recent articles in the Guardian Newspaper, which was covered far and wide, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Simon Coveney TD, led a task force which has published details of a new scheme for work permits for non EEA fishermen working here in Ireland and indeed a scheme that... Read More

Undocumented Fishermen

On Monday the Guardian in the UK published a story about the plight of undocumented workers in the Fishing Industry. The story represented a year long investigation into the practises of owners of fishing vessels in this Country. Many owners were contacted directly by some of the Journalists working the story. The questions were... Read More