EU Commission Fishing Proposal Inadequate and Cynical
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries Martin Ferris TD has claimed that the EU Commission's proposal in response to the fuel crisis facing fishermen is both inadequate and cynical. The Kerry North TD was speaking as the Parliament prepared to vote on the document this afternoon.
Deputy Ferris said:
"Fishermen in this country and elsewhere are experiencing serious problems at the present time, exacerbated by steeply rising fuel prices. At the very minimum they hoped that the EU would offer some alleviation in order to safeguard them from the real danger of being put out of operation. The Commission has failed to do this.
"Indeed by releasing funds already set aside as part of the so-called restructuring process design to reduce the fleet, the Commission has cynically employed the funds as a carrot to tempt more fishermen to tie up and give up their livelihood.
"The Irish Government must reject this underhand move and go further as I have regularly urged them to and demand that the entire Common Fisheries Policy is reformed as if affects Irish fishermen and Irish territorial waters. To fail to do so will be to accept the effective closure of the Irish fishing sector." ENDS