FF moves to rescind controversial fishing penalty points statutory instrument

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Marine & Fisheries Pat the Cope Gallagher has tabled a motion on behalf of his party to rescind the recently published Statutory Instrument (SI) No 89 0f 2018 – which was set to introduce a penalty point system for fishing infringements.The measure to introduce the statutory instrument was moved late last year by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed.The government has attempted to introduce a similar statutory instrument on fishing infringements on two previous occasions, but it ended up in the Supreme Court where it was subsequently struck down. Deputy Gallagher explained, “Fianna Fáil as a party is supportive of the introduction of a penalty points system for fishing infringements as requested under the EU control regulations providing the rights of the individual are respected, that natural justice is allowed to occur and our common law rights are upheld. It is therefore essential that any new points system for fishing infringement must work within the remit of the Irish courts.“The statutory Instrument placed before the Dáil by Minister Creed seriously undermines the rights of individual fishermen and vessel owners throughout the country, and it bizarrely bypasses both the Circuit and District Courts by establishing a new structure which is answerable to no one other than the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority.“Despite being strongly directed by the Supreme Court, the government has failed to provide for the right of appeal to the individual, to deal adequately with the onus of the burden of proof, or to separate the powers and independence of the SFPA and the processes which will determine whether an infringement has occurred or not.“Furthermore, in line with the previous Sis, the fishermen and vessel owners were being treated as guilty parties from the outset – with the burden of proof being placed on them to prove their innocence as opposed to the state making a case against them, and more worrying than that, was the fact that penalty points would remain on the licence of the vessel owners, even if they had been successful in their appeal. This was an issue that was highlighted by the Supreme Court previously. “We have serious reservations regarding this piece of secondary legislation, especially given the fact that the Supreme Court has already twice expressed its reservations on this matter.“It appears the Government has failed to address the issues raised in the Irish Courts and the latest SI repeats the errors of previous pieces of legislation.“I have brought forward proposals to the party’s front bench to take the unprecedented move to place a motion before the Dáil to rescind the SI on the grounds that the legislation is flawed and contrary to our rights as citizens of this state. The government must introduce primary legislation to properly introduce a system which is both fair and balanced.“It cannot treat fishermen as lesser class citizens before the law, nor can the Minister circumvent the directives of our courts and constitution. Even in recent days the Attorney General voiced his reservations regarding this legislation but the government remains resolute in attempting to bring this SI forward.“I am determined that this SI will not see the light of day. The government needs to go back to the drawing board and ensure that the rights and entitlements of the fishermen are protected under Irish law. This SI is a step too far”, concluded Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher. FF moves to rescind controversial fishing penalty points statutory instrument was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFishingPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more


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first_img 8 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. – Starting quarterback Sam Bradford will take more reps when the Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints in a preseason game on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and backup Josh Rosen will get some first-team reps, coach Steve Wilks said Monday.Rosen played exclusively with the second-team offensive line against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday and things didn’t go well.There were protection issues, run-blocking issues and center Daniel Munyer had a half dozen bad shotgun snaps. Rosen completed just 6 of 13 passes for 41 yards and the running game managed just two yards on four carries while he was in. “We need to improve with our second offensive line,” Wilks said.“I’m not really concerned about it. I think we have a good group. They made progress back from OTAs and minicamp. It was an opportunity to see where we are right now. We’re going to get better. I think we have some guys in that second group who will step up and perform well.”Wilks also said that starting running back David Johnson would play more against the Saints. Johnson carried two times for 28 yards (14 yards on each carry) before exiting the game on the team’s first offensive series.Johnson is coming off wrist surgery that that limited him to one game last season, so Wilks thinks he has work to do.“You talk about the timing,” Wilks said. “I think it’s important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I’m talking my standards.”Wilks said he has a set number of snaps that he’d like his starters to play, numbers that vary from player to player. Johnson may not play into the second or third quarter, but he’ll play more than Saturday.MUNYER FACES MUSICTwo days after he struggled in relief of starting center Mason Cole against the Chargers, Munyer was one of a handful of players to talk to media on Monday. “Everyone saw it wasn’t my best performance by any means. I’ve got to do what these coaches and this organization know I can do. I had about five or six bad ones which was frustrating because I don’t do that,” he said.“I did feel bad because it was when Josh was in at quarterback and I just told him afterward, ‘man, I’m sorry, I didn’t even know I was doing that until it was too late’ and that definitely killed some momentum in terms of timing with the throws.“I think at times it might have been a lack of focus or just a little thing — one slight movement, just not following through. I ended up fixing it in the second half.”Related LinksWilks: Cardinals QB Josh Rosen will see first-team snaps on FridayCardinals RB Johnson focused on proving he’s great, not contract talksCardinals waive injured linebacker Jeremy Cash, sign LB Gerald HodgesArizona Cardinals linebacker Jeremy Cash injures knee, carted off fieldWhile Rosen refused to blame the snaps for his uneven performance, Munyer said it was obvious the snaps had an impact.“If it’s a bad snap it’s on me,” he said. “There’s no one else to blame but the center.”Munyer said the entire second unit was ready to move on and learn from that performance.“When we’re out there and you’re going three and out constantly, yeah, you feel like there’s pressure,” he said.“We talked about establishing an identity. We want to be a physical offense, a physical unit up front and when you don’t do that, you’re not looking at each other pointing the finger but you want to pick it up yourself because you know what you’re capable of. To have it not correlate to the game is frustrating but at that moment that’s when you find out a lot about yourself.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He looks like the old Iupati, the way he’s playing right now,” Wilks said. “He’s been that way [since] the spring. He has definitely responded and accepted a chance and he’s doing well.”— It’s a little too soon to get excited about defensive end Cap Capi’s performance against the Chargers’ reserves, but his three sacks and a forced fumble caught Wilks’ eye. Now Wilks would like to see Capi round out his game.“This game is all about production,” Wilks said. “He had a great game. Hopefully he can put another one back-to-back. Biggest thing, we need to see him do a much better job anchoring at the defensive end and holding the point in the run game, but he is definitely very exciting to watch when it comes to getting after the quarterback.”— Wilks said injured linebacker Airius Moore and injured cornerback Jonathan Moxey would return to practice on Monday.center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) ROSTER TURNOVERThe Cardinals signed linebacker Gerald Hodges to a one-year contract and waived linebacker Jeremy Cash, who sustained a knee injury in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Chargers and left the field on a cart.Cash had two tackles and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the game. He had been a strong candidate to make the 53-man roster and was listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Deone Bucannon heading into Saturday’s game.“It’s just a freak accident,” Wilks said of Cash, who was in Carolina with Wilks the past two seasons.“He understands the defense. He understands the philosophy, the vision that we’re implementing here because he’s been a part of it before. He had a pretty good game, he was having a pretty good camp so [it’s] disappointing for him.”Hodges (6-2, 236) is a five-year NFL veteran who has played in 65 career games (26 starts) with New Orleans (2017), San Francisco (2015-16) and Minnesota (2013-15) after entering the league with the Vikings as a fourth-round pick (120th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft from Penn State.EXTRA POINTS— Wilks praised the play of guard Mike Iupati, who took a $3 million pay cut this season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more