Fishermen in dark over state’s support if boats seized at Rockall

Fishermen in dark over state’s support if boats seized at Rockall

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs was unable to clarify if the state would pay Irish fishermen’s legal bills, bail or impound fees if they were detained by Scottish authorities

The Irish state has refused to clarify to what degree it would back Irish fishermen if they were detained by Scottish patrols at Rockall.

Scottish cabinet secretary for external affairs Fiona Hyslop has claimed that Irish boats fishing within a 12-mile zone of Rockall would be detained – and crew members arrested – if they refused to leave the area.

Irish vessels have fished the area around the outcrop – 400km off the Irish coast – for...

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