Speaking in response to the EU fisheries deal agreed last night, Sinn Féin spokesman on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Ferris TD, said that it was a bad deal, in a line of bad deals for Irish fishermen since entry into the European Union.
The Kerry North, West Limerick TD said;
“This deal will put pressure on the fisheries sector and so, on the other sectors dependent on it. It is a bad deal for coastal communities who depend on fishing. It is a bad deal in a line of bad deals for Irish fishermen since entry into the European Union.
“The government has been spinning on a so-called economic recovery for a week. Now, Minister Coveney is spinning. Having made drastic predictions for quota cuts in advance, he is coming back from negotiations claiming a victory when our white fish quota has been cut by 33% for cod and haddock and 22% for whiting.
“The minister’s claim that an increase in quotas for boar fish and blue whiting is a victory, is nonsense as these species are not seen as a priority for other EU fishing communities.
“Our fishing communities have been badly served by successive governments and many small operators are fighting for survival. What Irish fishing needs is someone with the courage to stand up and defend it in Europe.”