Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Ferris TD, today called on Minister Simon Coveney to aid the white fish sector, “which is in dire need of financial assistance” due to severe weather conditions.
Deputy Ferris said:
“There are boats which have been tied up for the past 12 weeks, unable to go to sea due to the weather.
“There are families depending on an industry which is in dire need of financial assistance. The minister announced some aid for those who lost gear, but there are people with mortgages to pay on their homes and their boats, who have not been able to earn a penny for the past three months.
“I am calling on the minister to come to the aid of the white fish sector and again, to recognise that what has happened is a national disaster. It is time to call on the European Union to come to the aid of the coastal communities on the West and South coasts who have been so badly hit by the recent storms.”