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Ferris Calls For Strong Line At Fishing Talks

16 December, 2003


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"Minister Ahern mentions the need to defend the Hague Preferences as a guarantee of extra quota, but he must surely recognise that the Preferences have not secured the Irish fisheries over the past three decades. They were never more than a compromise on the initial disastrous deal made in 1973 and until the very basis of that deal and of the Common Fisheries Policy is renegotiated, the future of Irish fishing is bleak.

"In the Dáil tomorrow I will be calling on the Government to make such a renegotiation a key issue in the Irish Presidency of the EU". ENDS

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