Positive Response from Irish Government on Sub Safety Issue


The Irish Foreign Minister has sent a positive response to a concern raised by the Celtic League about International Maritime Organisation Convention A709 (17) which govern the interaction of submarines and Motor Fishing Vessels.

The League had expressed concern about the application of the Convention by submarine operating powers given the increase in the number of submarine/MFV incidents in recent times.

The League felt it was important to raise the issue with the Government of Ireland because of their very constructive involvement in the 1980s when the League campaigned for the introduction of A709 (17) which was preceded by A599. (See link):


The text of the letter from the Minister is set out below:

“Dear Mr. Moffatt,

On behalf of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charles Flanagan T.D., I wish to thank you for your letter regarding the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)-Resolution A709 (17).

We have noted your recent correspondence with the IMO in relation to Resolution A709 (17). We also have brought your correspondence to the attention of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport given their contacts with the International Maritime Organisation.

The Department of Transport welcomes the position of the IMO Secretariat on this important issue of maritime safety.

Minister Flanagan has asked me to thank you for bringing this matter to his attention.

Yours sincerely,

Eimear Friel
Private Secretary”

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J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League



The Celtic League was established in 1961and has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues


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