Ireland needs to ratify Unesco treaty on underwater heritage

Feb 10 2012 Posted by Office Administraton

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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