A judge has questioned if illegal fishing charges against a number of trawlers would get to court before the end of century.
Four cases of under-reporting catch sizes and making false log-book entries are listed to be heard at Donegal Circuit Court this week.
However in ten other cases, where offences are alleged to have occurred between 2004 and 2007 at Killybegs, Judge John O’Hagan, was told depositions had yet to be taken in relation to the cases.
He was told depositions were unlikely to be completed before the Circuit Court sits in October.
He asked: “Are we going to wait until the turn of the century for these cases to take off?”
The judge adjourned all ten cases to a date in October.