Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

2nd October 2019


Breathnach questions Minister on unknown disease found on fish in Louth rivers


-Breathnach raised the issue of diseased and deformed fish in Louth rivers with Minister Sean Canney in the Dáil on Tuesday evening –
Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach raised the issue of deformed and diseased fish in Louth rivers with Minister Sean Canney in the Dáil on Tuesday evening. Large numbers of fish had been found in the Boyne, Castletown, Dee and Fane rivers that appeared deformed or diseased.


“I had been contacted by Fishing and Angling Clubs in Louth who told me they had found a number of fish with scars, growths and ulcers on them. There are very serious concerns about the risk of this disease spreading to humans.”


“Fishing and Angling Clubs have sent photos and videos of the fish to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) but have been left unsatisfied with the responses they have received. Unfortunately Minister Canney confirmed last night in the Dáíl me the Department of the Environment had not identified this disease as of yet.”


“For now, Minister Canney stated anyone who catches diseased fish should follow normal biosecurity procedures and disinfect tackle, waders and equipment. Anglers are also advised to contact IFI’s 24 hour confidential hotline at 1890 34 74 24. I hope this disease is identified quickly and we can stop the spread of this unknown disease.”




Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)