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New Chairperson for Licences Appeals Board

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
5 December 2008, at 12:00am

IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD and the Minister of State, Tony Killeen TD have confirmed the appointment of Mr Mark OConnell as Chairperson of the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB).

Commenting on Mr O’Connell’s appointment, which commenced on November 27th last, Minister Killeen said, “Mr O’Connell faces a challenging task as the new Chairperson of the ALAB and I am confident he will bring excellent leadership and judgement skills to bear in this context. I would like to wish him the very best as he embarks on his new role.”

Minister Smith added, “I am pleased that Mr O’Connell has accepted this appointment. His legal background makes him ideally qualified to fill the role. His experience in the Law Library and the Courts will certainly stand to him in his deliberations in this area. I wish him all the best.”

The Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board was established in 1998 under the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister on aquaculture licence applications.

The function of the Board is to provide an independent authority for the determination of appeals against decisions of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on aquaculture licence applications.

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