WHEN any policing body is found to be using defective or even illegal equipment, a major problem arises. How can the policing body police when it is acting outside the law itself?
Today thereports that the body policing Irish fishing has been found to be using illegal equipment, which may possibly date from the time when the body was set up in 2007.
The derogation is ending because an EU audit determined that Irish controls on fishing were not fit for purpose and, as a result, fraud had been perpetrated, particularly by the big operators.
“All weighing instruments were found to be non-compliant. The feedback from all of our inspectors was that the ski scales that you have at the various sites are not suitable or fit for purpose as they cannot be levelled accurately.