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Sinn Féin EU candidate Matt Carthy warns against privatisation of seaweed cutting

4 April, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin’s EU candidate for the Midlands Northwest constituency, Matt Carthy, has expressed concern at moves to privatise seaweed cutting along the west coast.

Arramara Teoranta is a state-owned body which is seeking permission to control the huge seaweed resource along the Western seaboard. At present Údarás na Gaeltachta holds 100% of the company shares.

Cllr Carthy said:

“It seems now that a private company from Canada is bidding for Arramara and I am very concerned that this is another feature of our lives which this government wants to sell off for privatisation.

“There is no doubt that there is great untapped potential along our coast for greater use of seaweed and for job creation by adding value to the potential harvest there.

“But it will only benefit our own people if that harvesting and processing is controlled by the communities living there by way of co-operatives or some similar community-based approach.

“Sinn Féin TDs are calling on the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to come clean on plans for the future of seaweed harvesting on the Western seaboard and I await the answers with great interest,” he said.

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