Thursday October 1, 2020

State faces €3.5m bill after fishermen win ‘mussel seed’ case

Four risked financial ruin by fighting their case

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

18th December, 2016
Gerard Kelly, Greencastle. Pic: Clive Wasson

A group of fishermen have won an epic legal battle over mussel fishing rights which is set to cost the state at least €3.5 million.

Gerard Kelly and three other mussel fishermen risked financial ruin by fighting their case in both the High Court and Supreme Court.

They had argued that their €16 million investment in the purchase of new mussel dredging boats had been ruined by “aggressive” mussel seed fishing by Northern Ireland boats...

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