T7. Ms Sheerin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on what was discussed when she met with him in the summer about the situation with Lough Neagh and its fishing community and, subsequently, the response to a question for written answer that she received in September, in which he said that he was committed to providing a package of support for the Lough Neagh fishermen and fisherwomen. (AQT 607/17-22)
We had to take legal advice on the distribution of funding. That advice has been received, and we are now in a position to move forward. I hope that, over the next number of weeks, we will be able to indicate to the fishermen on the ground what is available to them.
I received a lot of communication from them, and we responded to it. I have not met them personally, but I am happy to meet people if they require it. We have the funding set aside, however, and I hope that my fisheries division, which has been engaging closely with the community, will be in a position to move forward, with my authority.