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Inter-Departmental Marine Co-ordinating Group

Mr Tony Killeen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with special responsibility for forestry, fisheries and the marine, has announced the establishment of an Inter-Departmental Marine Co-ordinating Group.

Minister Killeen said: "I am very pleased to have been asked by the Taoiseach to drive forward increased co-ordination among Government Departments in relation to marine-related matters, particularly in the current economic climate.  I am anxious that all relevant Departments co-operate as effectively and efficiently as possible in this very important area".  Minister of State Killeen stressed the importance of the Group's role in co-ordinating work on key issues and bringing about effective progress on them. 

The Group's remit is to pursue progress on

  • Safeguarding employment protection and employment generation potential 
  • Transposition and implementation of EU Directives
  • Safety and surveillance
  • Legislation issues
  • Protection of the marine environment, and
  • Developing indigenous resources and harbours.

The Group compromises representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Defence; Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Transport; Arts, Sport and Tourism; and Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is initially being chaired by a representative of the Department of the Taoiseach.  The Marine Institute, given its expertise and knowledge in the area, supports the Group.

Date Released: 29 April 2009