Britain cannot be allowed bully Irish Fishermen – Ferris
Kerry Sinn Féin TD and party spokesperson on Fisheries Martin Ferris has called on Minister Michael Creed to appear before the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine this week to discuss the implications of Britain signalling its withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention.
Deputy Ferris said:
“It is imperative that Irish fishermen are not made the meat in the sandwich between the EU and Britain. It is clear that the British side are willing to gamble on a hard Brexit and to hell with the repercussions.
“Our government needs to make absolutely clear to the EU negotiating team how important our fisheries are. It is certain that the French and others will do everything to protect their industry and we can be no different.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be bullied on this matter. The reality is, and the British are well aware, that their fish stocks are shared with others, including Ireland. Fish do not recognise nor respect national boundaries and it is in all our interests to get the best deal possible.
“Minister Creed needs to come before the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine this week and outline the measures he and his government are taking to protect the livelihoods of Irish fishermen.”