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Doherty welcomes Minister’s agreement to meet Árainn Mhór Fishermen

25 May, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Donegal South West Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to meet with Árainn Mhór fishermen who lost their livelihood in Monday night’s storm.

Deputy Doherty raised this issue directly with the Minister in the Dáil today.

Speaking afterwards he said:

“Monday night’s storm caused €150,000 worth of damage to fishermen’s equipment on Árainn Mhór Island, County Donegal. They have lost all their lobster pots.

“These same fishermen have already been banned from salmon fishing as a result of a disastrous decision by the previous Fianna Fáil led Government.

“And they are banned from fishing other stock as a result of a decision by the European Union and the State to close area 6A.

“These people need to be compensated in some way as they have lost their livelihood.

“There needs to be a specific approach within the department for dealing with smaller fishermen and the Minister agreed with me that this should be developed.

“I welcome the fact that the Minister will meet with the fishermen when he visits Killybegs next week.” ENDS

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