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Sharelga (Sinking)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Prime Minister how much compensation was paid by Her Majesty's Government to the Irish Government in respect of the sinking of the Irish trawler Sharelga; and for what reason such compensation was paid.

An Irish trawler named "Sharelga" was sunk in the Irish Sea in 1982 after its nets were snagged by a British submarine. The Ministry of Defence accepted liability for the incident and agreed to pay fair and reasonable compensation. The amount of compensation is a matter for negotiation between the vessel's owner and the Ministry of Defence. No payments have been made by Her Majesty's Government to the Irish Government in respect of this incident.