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SEA FISHERIES ACT, 1952
An Comhlachas Iascaigh Mhara.
1. The Association shall be managed by a Committee consisting of—
(a) four representatives of seafishermen,
(b) one representative of the retail fish trade,
(c) one representative of the wholesale fresh fish trade, and
(d) two representatives of the distributive fish trade, other than the retail fish trade and the wholesale fresh fish trade.
2. (1) Pending the election of members of the Committee in accordance with paragraph 8, the Association shall be managed by a provisional Committee consisting of—
(a) those persons who were the elected directors of the dissolved body immediately before its dissolution, and
(b) four other persons appointed by the Minister after consultation with the Board, of whom one shall be a member of the retail fish trade, one of the wholesale fresh fish trade and two shall be members of the distributive fish trade, other than the retail fish trade and the wholesale fresh fish trade.
(2) The Minister shall nominate one of the members of the provisional Committee to be Chairman of the Association.
(3) The provisional Committee shall hold office for a period not exceeding twelve months.
(4) The provisional Committee shall make all necessary arrangements for the election of members of the Committee in accordance with paragraph 8.
(5) The Committee and the provisional Committee may act notwithstanding vacancies in their membership.
(6) Where a vacancy occurs in the membership of the provisional Committee the Minister may appoint a person to fill the vacancy.
(7) In the subsequent paragraphs references to the Committee shall, save where the context otherwise requires, be read as including reference to the provisional Committee.
3. (1) At each annual general meeting the Association shall elect from amongst the members of the Committee a person to be Chairman of the Association.
(2) The Chairman shall go out of office on the election of his successor.
(3) An outgoing Chairman shall be eligible for re-election.
(4) Where the Chairman is temporarily unable to act, the Committee may appoint a person to act in his place and the person so acting shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be Chairman of the Association.
4. (1) The Committee of the Association may, if it thinks fit, appoint a Secretary on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the Board.
(2) The remuneration and expenses of the Secretary shall be defrayed out of moneys held by the Board in trust for the Association.
Procedure at meetings of Committee.
5. (1) At a meeting of the Committee the Chairman of the Association shall be chairman of the meeting.
(2) Every question at a meeting of the Committee shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting on the question, and, in case of an equal division of votes, the chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
(3) The quorum for a meeting of the Committee shall be four.
(4) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Committee shall regulate, by standing orders or otherwise its procedure and business.
Travelling and maintenance expenses.
6. Members of the Committee shall be paid, out of moneys provided by the Board, travelling and maintenance expenses in respect of attendance at meetings of the Association or the Committee, to such extent as the Board may from time to time decide.
7. (1) The Committee shall keep the following registers of members—
(a) a register of seafishermen,
(b) a register of persons carrying on business in the retail fish trade,
(c) a register of persons carrying on business in the wholesale fresh fish trade,
(d) a register of persons carrying on business in the distributive fish trade, other than the retail fish trade and the wholesale fresh fish trade.
(2) Applications for membership of the Association shall be made to the Committee in such manner as the Committee may provide.
(3) If any question arises whether a person is entitled to become or continue to be a member of the Association or as to the register in which he ought to be registered the question shall be decided by the Committee.
(4) The Committee may at any time terminate the membership of any person who is, in their opinion, no longer entitled to be a member of the Association.
(5) If any person is dissatisfied with the decision of the Committee he may apply to the Board to decide the question and the decision of the Board shall be final.
(6) A member being a body corporate or an unincorporated body of persons may exercise its functions as such only by means of an individual duly nominated by it from time to time to be its representative, and the representative shall for the purposes of this Act be deemed to be a member of the Association and to be entered in the register in the place of the member that he represents.
(7) The Committee shall furnish the Board with such information in regard to membership of the Association as the Board may from time to time require.
Elections to the Committee.
8. (1) Elections of members of the Committee of the Association shall be carried out in accordance with this paragraph.
(2) (a) For the purpose of the election of the four representatives of seafishermen there shall be four electoral divisions, namely—
(i) Electoral Division A, comprising the counties of Dublin, Louth, Meath, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow,
(ii) Electoral Division B, comprising the counties of Cork, Kerry and Limerick,
(iii) Electoral Division C, comprising the counties of Clare, Galway and Mayo,
(iv) Electoral Division D, comprising the counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.
(b) Each electoral division shall elect one representative.
(c) The electorate for each electoral division shall consist of each person entered in the register of seafishermen whose address as given in the register is within that electoral division.
(d) A person whose address as given in the register is not in any of the counties mentioned in clause (a) shall be a member of the electorate for the electoral division of his choice.
(3) The electorate for the several elections of the trade representatives referred to in clauses (b), (c) and (d) of paragraph 1 shall consist of the persons entered in the appropriate register under paragraph 7.
(4) Where there is a failure to elect a representative under subparagraph (2) or subparagraph (3) the Minister may appoint any individual to be the representative.
(5) An election of members of the Committee shall be held in the year 1953 and in every third successive year thereafter.
(6) (a) The polling for the election to be held in any year shall be completed at least seven days before the date for which the annual general meeting of that year is convened.
(b) The members of the Committee for the time being in office shall hold office until the declaration of the result of the election at the annual general meeting, whereupon the persons so elected shall take up office.
(7) No person shall be entitled to be a candidate for the election of a representative except an individual who is a member of the electorate for that election.
(8) The Minister may make rules for the conduct of elections under this section.
Casual vacancies in Committee.
9. (1) Where a casual vacancy arises amongst the representatives of seafishermen on the Committee, the Committee may co-opt to fill the vacancy an individual for the time being entered in the register of seafishermen members whose address as given in the register is within the same electoral division as that which the outgoing member represented.
(2) Where a casual vacancy arises amongst the members of the Committee other than the representatives of seafishermen the Committee may co-opt to fill the vacancy an individual for the time being entered on the same register as the outgoing member.
General meetings of Association.
10. (1) The Committee shall in the year 1953 and every subsequent year convene an annual general meeting of the Association.
(2) The Chairman of the Association shall preside at each general meeting.
(3) The quorum at a general meeting shall be twelve.
(4) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Committee shall regulate, by standing orders or otherwise, the procedure and business of general meetings of the Association.
Facilities to be provided for the Association by the Board.
11. (1) The Board shall in every year provide accommodation for the holding in Dublin or in such other place as may be agreed upon by the Board and the Committee of four meetings of the Committee and for one general meeting of the Association.
(2) The Board may, at the request of the Committee, make available the services of members of their staff to act as secretary at the meetings of the Committee and the Association for which accommodation is provided under this paragraph and to conduct elections and perform the general clerical work of the Association.
(3) (a) During the period of twelve months from the establishment of the Association, the Board shall make no charge for the services so provided or for any outlay incurred in connection therewith.
(b) Thereafter, the Association shall pay the Board for such services and outlay such sums as may from time to time be agreed between the Committee and the Board or as may, in default of agreement, be fixed by the Minister, and the Board may recoup themselves the amount thereof out of moneys held by them for the Association.
Finances of the Association.
12. (1) An entrance fee shall be payable by every person becoming a member of the Association, except a person who becomes a member by virtue of subsection (3) of section 23.
(2) The entrance fee shall be—
(a) for a seafisherman, one shilling;
(b) for any other person, five shillings.
(3) Each member shall pay an annual subscription of five shillings, which shall become due and payable on the 1st day of July.
(4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in section 23 or in this Schedule, a member shall not be entitled to be present or represented at a meeting of the Committee or of the Association or to be reckoned for the purpose of a quorum or to be a member of an electorate under paragraph 8 whilst any sum due and payable by him in respect of entrance fee or subscription remains unpaid.
(5) Entrance fees and subscriptions shall be taken and collected by the Committee who shall transmit all moneys so received to the Board to hold on behalf of the Association.
(6) The Board shall act as trustees of the Association for all moneys received by them on its behalf and shall make such disbursements thereout as the Committee of the Association may duly request.
(7) The Board shall keep all proper and usual accounts of moneys received or expended by them on behalf of the Association and shall, as soon as may be after the end of each year, present to the Committee of the Association a statement of accounts for that year, audited by qualified auditors appointed annually for that purpose by the Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, and the fees of such auditors and the expenses generally of such audits shall be paid out of the moneys of the Association.