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Coveney orders review over claims that BIM is hurting government-backed business

Simon Coveney demands a response from Bord Iascaigh Mhara over claims it is actually hampering government training courses.

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MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Simon Coveney has ordered a report from an Bord Iascaigh Mhara after it was claimed that the quango was inadvertently making it more difficult for government-approved training companies to remain competitive.

Coveney has asked the chairperson of BIM, Rose McHugh, to report on whether the activities of the sea fisheries quango were putting a dent in the business prospects of companies which offer government-approved training programmes.

The request for the report comes after two TDs separately raised concerns about the fact that BIM was offering subsidised courses in marine safety to commercial bodies – a move which made it difficult for other firms offering State-approved courses to compete.

Dublin South TDs Olivia Mitchell, of Fine Gael, and independent Shane Ross both voiced concerns about the practice, which they said were putting jobs at risk.

Providing vocational training to the seafood industry is one of BIM’s main roles.

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