£23 million invested in new National research vessel
An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, today (19 December 2000) signed authorisation for Irelands' largest ever Research Vessel. The RV Celtic Explorer will cost £23 million, which represents the single largest capital investment in the marine research sector in the history of the State.
Radical reform for Irish shipping registry
The Irish Maritime Development Office will overhaul existing Irish ship registration procedures as part of a significant plan to re-energise the shipping sector.
Ireland is a key competitor in the tourism angling market
An International market research report has revealed that Ireland is a key competitor in the market for British, French and German anglers.