The High Court has ruled that a Dutch fishing company facing a possible €5.9m bond had to pay just €250,000.
This means that the Annelies Ilena, which has been detained at Killybegs since last Friday for alleged breaches of fishing regulations, is free to leave port.
Yesterday, in Donegal District Court, Judge Kevin Kilrane heard that that state was seeking more than €5.9m as a bond before allowing the supertrawler, formerly known as the Atlantic Dawn, to depart.
He said he thought that sum was “disproportionate” and fixed bail at €250,000.
This morning at the High Court in Dublin, the state solicitor sought leave to judicially review Judge Kevin Kilraine’s order.
Judge Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court, refused the application as he was satisfied that the District Court’s order was good.
The case is due to be heard at the next sitting of Donegal Circuit Court on December 10.
Speaking after the ruling, Diek Parlevliet, Director of Parlevliet & Van der Plas (P&P), which owns the trawler, said: “P&P looks forward to the court case on 10th December”.