Ombudsman welcome Donegal family compensation


Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has today welcomed news that Minister Creed is to put into force that a Donegal family receive compensation for a fishing tragedy.

Ombudsman welcome Donegal family compensation

  • ADDED
  • 1 year ago

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has today welcomed news that Minister Creed is to put into force that a Donegal family receive compensation for a fishing tragedy.

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall today welcomed Minister Michael Creed’s announcement that he will implement an Ombudsman recommendation that a Donegal family receive compensation of €245,570.

The announcement follows an initial refusal in 2009 by the then Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to implement the recommendation. The recommendation came after the family had their application under the states Lost at Sea scheme refused. The had applied after a fishing accident which claimed the lives of five people, including the family’s father and son.

The Scheme:
The scheme was first set up in 2001, aimed at those who had lost a vessel at sea between 1980 and 1989. Any successful applicant was made an award of ‘capacity’, allowing for a new vessel to be licensed and registered as a fishing boat.

The Donegal family in question, the Byrnes, had applied to the scheme after Francis Byrne (father and owner of the vessel) and his son Jimmy (16) died along with three other men when their boat sank off the Donegal coast.

The family’s subsequent application under the scheme was then refused, though the family then filed a complaint. Emer O’Reilly, who was the Ombudsman at the time, found after investigation that the scheme and the way it was advertised were contrary to fair and sound administration. She recommended that the family be compensated in the region of €245,570. This recommendation was refused by the department, for the first time in the office’s 34-year history.

Peter Tyndall, the now ombudsman, spoke at his delight at the news, something he was highlighting since he became ombudsman in 2013.

“This was a heartbreaking tragedy for the Byrne family and the families of the other men who died. The family have had to pursue this case for over fifteen years.”, said Peter.

“ I am pleased that Minister Creed has now implemented this recommendation and has righted a wrong that was done to the family so many years ago.”, he concluded.

Similar Articles

Comments


Most popular

The Marts Forecast
The Marts Forecast
Click to View Weekly Mart Schedules
SELECT LIVESTOCK

Cattle Marts Scheduled Nationwide

Monday

  • Birr
  • Carrigallen
  • Granard
  • Elphin
  • Inishowen
  • Manorhamilton
  • Stranolar
  • Tuam

Tuesday

  • Ballina
  • Ballyjamesduff
  • Drumshambo
  • Ennis
  • Enniscorthy
  • Fermoy
  • Nenagh

Wednesday

  • Athenry
  • Ballinrobe
  • Elphin
  • Granard
  • Kilrush
  • Nenagh

Thursday

  • Ballymote
  • Birr
  • Castlerea
  • Drumshambo
  • Ennis
  • Kilkenny
  • Raphoe

Friday

  • Donegal
  • Gort
  • Kilfenora
  • Roscommon
  • Roscrea
  • Tullow

Saturday

  • Balla
  • Carnew
  • Carrigallen
  • Dowra
  • Loughrea
  • Maam Cross
  • Mohill
  • New Ross
  • Scariff
  • Tullow

Sheep Marts Scheduled Nationwide

Monday

  • Ballyjamesduff
  • Carrigallen
  • Elphin
  • Fermoy
  • Kilkenny
  • Raphoe

Tuesday

  • Athenry
  • Ballina
  • Donegal
  • Ennis
  • Inishowen
  • Tuam
  • Tullow

Wednesday

  • Ballinrobe
  • Enniscorthy
  • Gort
  • Manorhamilton
  • Roscommon
  • Roscrea
  • Stranorlar

Thursday

  • Ballymote
  • Carnew
  • Loughrea

Friday

  • Dowra

Saturday

  • New Ross
  • Maam Cross

Dairy Marts Scheduled Nationwide

Monday

  • Kilkenny

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Enniscorthy (2nd Wednesday Of Month)

Thursday

Friday

  • Fermoy

Saturday

Calf Marts Scheduled Nationwide

Monday

Tuesday

  • Kilkenny

Wednesday

  • Enniscorthy

Thursday

Friday

Saturday