The ACTING-PRESIDENT moved and JOSEPH MACGUINNESS (Longford Co.) seconded the adoption of the Report on Fisheries.
Mr. J. MACBRIDE (Mayo. West) thought that the price set down in Mr. Fahy's Report for a second-hand engine was not sufficient.
Mr. J. O'MAHONY (Fermanagh, South) stated that the establishment of curing stations was one of the most essential factors in the success of the fishing industry. An enormous quantity of herrings was consumed annually in Ireland. Waterford City alone consumed 5,000 or 6,000 barrels per annum. The major portion of the fish consumed in the South was really shipped from Ireland to Milford Haven, transhipped there and send back again and sold to the Irish buyers. At Buncrana and Waterford there were at one time busy curing stations.
SEAN ETCHINGHAM (Wicklow, East) attributed the decline in the consumption of home-cured fish in Ireland in part to the fact that the sale of fish was not regarded by the people as a respectable occupation. He suggested the establishment of fish shops in the towns as a remedial measure. He stated that the opinion of the fishermen is that until there is an Irish Board in control similar to that existing in Scotland, the fishing industry cannot be made a profitable one to the fishermen. The cost of salt, barrels, and freight had increased enormously. The lack of transit facilities was one of the greatest difficulties. At present Liverpool and Manchester were actually getting supplies from Fleetwood by aeroplane.
The Fishery Board for Scotland, established in 1882, for the purposes of “the general superintendence of the herring fishery, the branding of herring barrels, the collection of trade statistics, and the administration of an annual grant from the Government for the construction and repair of fishery harbours”; to “take cognisance of the coast and deep sea fisheries, and the salmon fishery”; and “the application of scientific methods and inquiries in reference to the fisheries”.
Mr. D. KENT (Cork, East) mentioned the case of Ballycotton, which was one of the finest fishing centres in Ireland, but which was practically idle because of the want of adequate transit facilities.
The Report was adopted. Ald. T. KELLY (St. Stephen's Green) remarking that they were much indebted to Mr. Fahy for his report on Fishing at Gorumna and Arran.