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It’s time for EU policy-makers to listen to Irish Fishermen – Ní Riada

22 January, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada today announced plans to bring a delegation of Irish fishermen to Brussels early next month to brief key policy-makers on the difficulties faced by fishermen in making a living and on ongoing issues affecting the industry.

 Ní Riada said:

 “Fishing is a difficult occupation, and fishermen are used to both hardship and hard work, but increasingly the challenges faced by fishermen are due to regulations and policies laid down in Brussels, a million miles away from the realities faced by those who work the sea.”

 “Fishermen are really struggling to secure their livelihoods and to make a living. Our own Government is punitively imposing overbearing and one-size-fits-all regulation from Europe, and fishermen, their families and coastal communities are suffering.”

“In cooperation with my fellow Sinn Féin MEPs Matt Carthy, Lynn Boylan and Martina Anderson, I will host a delegation of fishermen from all along the Irish coast, and facilitate a number of roundtable meetings with key European fisheries policy-makers.”

 “The purpose of the meetings will be to illustrate the actual effects and human cost of EU regulations on fishermen, and to seek resolutions on a range of issues that are harming our fishing industry.”

 “The delegation will include fishermen from Fenit, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Youghal, Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay, Arklow, Howth, Clogherhead, Kilkeel, the Antrim Coast, Donegal, Mayo, Galway and the Aran Islands.”

 “Sinn Féin’s Dáil and Assembly spokespersons on Fisheries Martin Ferris TD and Oliver McMullan MLA will also take part in the initiative.” 

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