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Irish team rewarded after excellent display in Croatia

In recognition of Tubertini Team Ireland Float who performed so well at the championships in Croatia this year, the same five-man squad will represent Ireland in 2015. They will be joined by Tommy Dowd to fish the River Sava at Radece, Slovenia, between September 5 and 14.

The team is; Phillip Walton, Co Antrim, Lurgan CAC; Bob Hulme, Co Dublin, Kingfisher AC; Nick Howell, Co Tyrone, Erne Anglers; Vincent Walsh, Co Donegal, Erne Anglers; Jason Ward, Co Mayo, Ballyhaunnis AC and Tommy Dowd, Co Cavan, Kingfisher AC.

NCFFI senior international manager Mark Theedom said: "It has been a fantastic year for the international teams and I am delighted to take forward those anglers who fished the difficult conditions in Croatia, achieving ninth place and to welcome Tommy Dowd to the squad. I look forward to announcing the Celtic Cup, Home International and Fish O'Mania teams shortly."

Minister for Sport and Leisure Caral Ni Chuilin has announced that there will be no increase in angling and commercial fishing licence fees for the 2015 fishing seasons.

However, angling permits for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure Public Angling Estate will be subject to a minimal inflationary rise of 1.9%.

The minister said: "I have decided to keep the inland fishing licence fees at 2014 levels for the sixth year in a row.

"I acknowledge the support I received from anglers and commercial fishermen when I introduced salmon conservation measures last year to protect stocks.

"This 'catch and release' policy is central to our conservation approach and it is important that anglers continue to provide catch and release data to my department to assist with the future management of salmon rivers.

"The sport of angling delivers many benefits to individuals and local communities and I am committed to furthering the health and benefits of angling and in making the sport more accessible to young people and disadvantaged within our community.

"The department is encouraging all anglers and commercial fishermen to have the correct licence and permit," the minister added.

"It is important to realise that the department must protect the fisheries and my Fisheries Officers will continue to educate and regulate to prevent illegal activity on all our waters."

Fishing licences and permits can be purchased online from http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/fishing.

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