Ireland needs to ratify Unesco treaty on underwater heritage

Marine Correspondent Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times reported on the 30th January that “The State’s failure to ratify a UN treaty could lead to the plundering of our underwater cultural heritage”.

The article details plans of a US companies to salvage silver bullion from two wartime wrecks off the Irish Atlantic Coast. The two ships are “British-registered – the SS Gairsoppa and SS Mantola – with the first reported to be lying about 300 miles offshore and the second within Ireland’s 200-mile limit.”

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