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“Limerick Fishery Board Addresses Fine Reductions and Funding Challenges”

In a recent session of the Limerick Conservators, chaired by Mr T. E. Pegum, the focus turned to significant reductions in fines imposed for breaches of fishery by-laws, as well as the financial challenges faced by the board. The meeting, held under Mr Pegum’s presidency, featured discussions led by Secretary Mr H. Poe Hosford, addressing the ongoing developments.

Mr Hosford highlighted that the Lord Lieutenant had made further reductions in fines imposed at Petty Sessions and upheld on appeal at Quarter Sessions in cases related to fishery by-law violations. Notably, fines that were initially set at £2 and £3 have been reduced to £1. In a specific case at Listowel, where Richard Kelliher had previously been fined £4 for poaching in September, the fine was ultimately reduced to £1.

Lord Massey expressed concern about the prevalence of poaching in Listowel and suggested that Mr Hosford should provide details of these reductions for discussion at the upcoming meeting of the Irish Board of Conservators in Dublin. Mr Hosford explained that Listowel was facing challenges with poachers who had even attacked the police while monitoring the rivers. Despite these difficulties, fines were reduced, which raised concerns among the board members.

Mr S. C. Vansittart, J.P., recommended that Mr Hosford compile a comprehensive list of fine reductions for presentation at the Dublin meeting. Mr Hosford reassured the board that he had already prepared such a list. He shared statistics, revealing that over the past fifteen years, fines for fishery by-law breaches at Petty Sessions amounted to £1,713. The reductions made by the Lord Lieutenant or his representatives totalled £381 18s. Consequently, the financial impact on the board due to these reductions stood at £1,331 2s.

Mr Vansittart emphasized the importance of presenting this information at the Dublin meeting, assuring Mr Hosford that it would likely be well-received there. The board agreed to provide detailed particulars for discussion at the upcoming meeting, where Lord Massey was expected to preside.

In addition to addressing fine reductions, Mr Hosford raised a funding challenge faced by the board. The Department had pledged an additional £300 for fisheries, contingent on a local contribution of £100. However, the board had only managed to secure £89 locally. Faced with the shortfall, the board deliberated on the best course of action. Mr Hosford expressed scepticism about the possibility of securing additional funds locally.

The board collectively decided to approach the Department and request a grant in proportion based on the amount they had successfully raised locally. The Secretary was tasked with providing the Department with the necessary details and outlining the board’s actions in seeking a resolution to the financial challenge.

This dual focus on fine reductions and financial constraints underscores the multifaceted challenges faced by the Limerick Fishery Board, reflecting broader issues within the realm of fisheries management. The outcomes of these discussions will likely shape the board’s approach to maintaining effective oversight and sustainable practices in the region.

Dublin Daily Express – Thursday 04 January 1912

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