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Today's actions by Irish navy unacceptable

22 July, 2008


The chairperson of Wexford Sinn Fein has described news that an Irish navy vessel is threatening to 'open fire' on a fishing boat heading towards Kilmore Quay as "an outrageous and disproportionate response to the refusal of the fishermen to allow the navy to board the boat."
 
Speaking this evening before taking part in a protest at Kilmore Quay, Seamie Davitt said, "Irelands fishing industry is on its knees.  It is being regulated and policed out of existence by the Government and its security apparatus.  Threatening to open fire on any Irish fishing vessel is completely unacceptable.  It is an outrageous and disproportionate response to the refusal of the fishermen to allow the navy to board the boat.

"It is clear that the EU regulations that govern the fishing industry are used more stringently and harshly against the Irish fishing fleet than non-Irish boats operating legally and illegally in Irish waters.
 
"The Irish Government and its resources would be better spent renegotiating a proper and fair deal for Irish fishing communities and eliminating from Irish waters all illegal fishing than criminalising Irish fishermen and forcing them to dump perfectly good fish at sea.  The current regime that governs fishing needs to be overhauled immediately." ENDS

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