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Poll: Should Northern Ireland boats be allowed to fish off the Republic of Ireland's coasts?

The Government is planning to allow boats from Northern Ireland to fish very close to Irish shores.

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THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has proposed to allow boats from Northern Ireland to fish very close to Irish shores.

It is planning to amend the Sea Fisheries Act to allow fishing vessels registered in Northern Ireland to fish up to six nautical miles of the Republic of Ireland’s coast.

The bill is being put through in light of Supreme Court judgement that found Northern Ireland vessels were fishing for mussels in Irish waters, as the amendment would now make their actions legal.

The reason is so that Ireland would bring its laws up to sync with the 1964 Voisinage arrangement, which allows boats from both countries fish in each others waters.

However, some senators yesterday expressed concern with elements of the bill.

So, what do you think: Should Northern Ireland boats be allowed to fish off the Republic of Ireland’s coasts?


Poll Results:

No (8084)
Yes (3624)
Don't know (757)



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