2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if Naval Service vessels, as part of Operation Sophia (details supplied), have observed or have been prevented by the Libyan Coast Guard from going to the aid of migrants in distress in international waters in view of the fact that it has threatened, shot at persons at sea and in the sea contrary to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. (Question 20510/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question relates to the role of the Naval Service in Operation Sophia when it changed from Operation Pontus. Is the Navy contributing to an ongoing immigration problem and abuse of human rights, particularly in detention centres in Libya?
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295. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of boardings of fishing and other vessels for each year in the past ten years, in tabular form; the number of persons arrested and vessels and equipment confiscated. (Question 39069/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The main day to day role of the Naval Service is to provide a fishery protection service in accordance with the State’s obligations as a member of the European Union. These patrols are carried out on a regular and frequent basis. 
The number of Naval Service boardings and detentions of fishing vessels for each of the past ten years is set out the in the table.
 Year Number of Boardings Number of Detentions 2016 (up to...

28. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the ongoing operations of the Naval Service in the Mediterranean Sea; when the LE James Joyce will finish its current tour of duty; and if it will be replaced by a new ship and crew. (Question 27134/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The operations of the Naval Service obviously have quite an effect in the Mediterranean Sea. Its deployment in the Mediterranean Sea is due to come to an end quite soon and perhaps the Minister of State will indicate if he is considering extending the current deployment or swapping the current ship with another one.
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