Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture and fisheries, Martin Ferris TD, called again on Minister Simon Coveney to come to the aid of fishermen unable to put to sea due to bad weather.
Deputy Ferris said:
“Minister Coveney has to act to help those who cannot earn a living in bad weather conditions. There are skippers who have been unable to put to sea since before Christmas and they, their crews and their families are in dire straits.
“I am appealing again to Minister Coveney to recognise that this is an emergency situation and needs emergency measures to meet it. There are people who have no source of income and who are experiencing great difficulty.
“I see that the Sinn Féin minister in the North, Michelle O’Neill, managed to release funding to help fishermen in this situation. Minister Coveney must do the same.”