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Ferris highlights issue of fuel costs for fishermen

27 May, 2008

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD raised the issue of the effect that spiralling fuel costs are having on Irish fishermen in the Dáil this evening. The Kerry North TD attempted to have the House adjourned in order to debate what he described as a further serious burden on fishermen and one that is making it increasingly difficult for many of them to survive.

Deputy Ferris said, "Fuel costs have more than doubled in the past four years and it now costs around €20,000 a month to fuel a 20 foot fishing trawler. That is a massive overhead outweighing all other costs involved and in many cases it is wiping out any potential profit for the owner and crew.

"As I speak French fishermen are engaged in blockading ports over this very issue. The situation in this country is just as serious and urgent action is required to address it. I would therefore urge the Government to consider introducing some form of subsidy or extra relief to allow fishermen to meet the current emergency and to ensure that no more are forced out of business." ENDS

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