[Sinn Fein]

30th June 2003

Ferris welcomes deferral of harbour charges rise

The Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Fisheries Martin Ferris TD has welcomed today's decision by the Minister for the Marine, Dermot Ahern, to defer the imposition of the massive planned increases in harbour rates and charges.

Deputy Ferris said: ``I asked Minister Ahern to withdraw the Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates and Charges) Order three weeks ago in view of the added burden which the 500 and 800% increases would impose on fishermen. I am glad to see that he has decided to defer the imposition of these charges pending a review of submissions from those involved in fishing. I have already called on Minister Ahern to consult the fishing organisations prior to any change and hope that he will now take their recommendations on board''.

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