A CATHOLIC archbishop has smoothed over the troubled waters of Ireland's rivers and lakes by mediating between angry anglers and the Irish government which in January introduced a £12.70 fee for freshwater fishing.
Archbishop Joseph Cassidy of Tuam met last week with Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey in an attempt to preserve the £45 million per annum revenue which the angling season traditionally provides. After the meeting the fisherman agreed to resume their activities but maintained that the fishing fee must go.
Since the beginning of the year the ordinarily peaceful lakes ad rivers of Ireland have become battlegrounds between those vio paid the fees and those Vo sought a nationwide boycott ori fishing. In one particularly lively encounter fishing "scabs" Id their boat sawn in half by furies anglers who saw them s betraying their forefathers wb had fought British colonialss for free fishing rights.