Lough Neagh Fishing Community

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 3rd November 2020.

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Photo of Emma Sheerin Emma Sheerin Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 3rd November 2020

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)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

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.

Photo of Emma Sheerin Emma Sheerin Sinn Féin

Thank you, Minister. That is welcome news. Can you confirm what engagement you have had with the fishing community at Lough Neagh?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

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.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

The next named Members on the list are not in their seats. That therefore concludes topical questions to the Minister. I ask Members to take their ease while we prepare the Chamber for questions to the Minister for Communities.