Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the Taoiseach to tell the British Secretary of State, James Brokenshire that “Lough Foyle and, for that matter, Carlingford Lough are not under British jurisdiction”.
The Louth TD raised the issue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil on Tuesday.
Gerry Adams said:
“Last week the British Secretary of State claimed that ‘the whole of Lough Foyle is within the UK.’
It has since emerged that the British are claiming Lough Foyle on the basis of a 1662 charter of Charles 11 which granted the waters and bed of the Lough as well as its fisheries to the Irish Society. They also claim jurisdiction over the northern part of the Lough.
This is unacceptable. It is further evidence of the difficulties that British colonialism and partition continues to create for the people of this island.
The Taoiseach needs to dismiss the British claims and tell the British Secretary of State that Lough Foyle and, for that matter, Carlingford Lough are not under British jurisdiction”.