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Níl an Rialtas dáiríre faoi iascairí na tíre – Ó Clochartaigh

20 June, 2011


'Níl suim ar bith ag an Rialtas seo in iascairí na tire, ach an oiread leis an Rialtas a chuaigh rompu', deir an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Bhí an Seanadóir as Gaillimh Thiar ag labhairt agus é ag lorg diospóireacht sa Seanad ar an tionscail, mar ábhar práinne, rud ar eirigh leis a bhaint amach.

‘Ó chuaigh mé isteach sa Seanad mí ó shoin tá mé ag éileamh díospóireacht faoi thionscal na hiascaireachta', a deir an Seanadóir Ó Clochartaigh. 'Tá go leor ábhair fíor-thábhachtach le plé agus tá ríméad orm go bhfuil an t-am le cur i leataobh anois chun sin a dhéanamh'.

'Tá sé soiléir, mar shampla, go bhfuil méadú mór tagtha ar na stocanna trosc, ach níl meadú ar bith tagtha ar an gcuóta a bhaineann leo. Tá flúirse trosc sa farraige, ach níl cead ag na h-iascairí iad a thabhairt i dtír'.

'Tá mé iontach míshasta freisin, go bhfuil coirpigh dhá ndéanamh fós d'iascairí a dhéanann botúin bheaga ó thaobh riaradh nó páipéarachais de. Is scannal shaolta é seo', dar leis an Seanadóir agus caithfear aghaidh a thabhairt air.

Léirigh sé a thacaíocht freisin maidir le cé doimhin mhara a thógáil i Ros a Mhíl agus beidh sé ag lorg soiléiriú maidir lena bhfuil in ann d'fhorbairt duganna na Gaillimhe.

‘Tá faillí déanta ar iascairí na tire seo le fada an lá. Tá líon na n-iascairí imithe i laghad agus caithfear tacú leo. Is acmhainn thábhachtach í tionscal na h-iascaireachta, go mór, mór do phobal an Iarthar, agus tá sé fíor-thábhachtach go gcabhróidh an Rialtas leo gach bealach gur féidir. Dá bhrí sin, ceapaim go mbeidh an diospóireacht seo fíor luachmhar, go bhfeicfidh an Rialtas na deacrachtaí atá ann, chomh maith leis an póitéinseal atá sa tionscal.'

Beidh plé ar an iascaireacht sa Seanad i gceann trí seachtaine. Tá sé i gceist ag an Seanadóir na hábhair seo agus tuilleadh a phlé ann agus an tAire a cheistiú go mion futhú.

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The Government not interested in Fishing industry – Ó Clochartaigh

“The government has no more interest in the fishermen of this country than the previous one” according to Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

The West of Ireland Senator was seeking a debate in the Seanad as a matter of urgency.

He said:

“The government is paying little attention to fishermen. Many outstanding matters related to fishing and fishing communities remain to be addressed but this Government simply isn't acting quickly enough. This is why I have been calling for an urgent debate since taking my seat in the Seanad.

“It’s clear for example that there has been an increase in cod stocks, yet the quotas have not risen to reflect this. There are plenty of cod in the sea, but the fishermen are not allowed to land them. It’s essential that the government reviews the stocks and the quotas as there are jobs and livelihoods dependent upon it.

“I find it scandalous as well that fisherman are still being made into criminals by our judicial system for minor administrative infringements and this must be addressed urgently.

“I would also like to acknowledge my support for the development of a deep sea harbour in Ros a' Mhíl, which is an essential resource for modern ports, and I would like clarification on the Galway Harbour Development plans.

“The fishing industry has been historically neglected. The amount of fishermen has been continually falling. It is very important that the government supports fishermen and their families; they have a difficult, but essential job. The fishing industry is a valuable resource, in particular to the communities of the West coast, and it is crucially important that the government gives them its support, following years of neglect.'

“I therefore believe that a debate on this matter would be immensely valuable, and I would hope that not only would the government take on board the challenges the industry faces but also recognise the immense potential which I believe it undoubtedly has.

“The senator was successful in seeking the debate, which will take place in three weeks time. He has indicated he intends to raise these issues, among others, and to question the Minister on the government’s plans on these matters.”

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