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Fishermen in Kilmore Quay were unfairly treated - Sinn Féin

20 February, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP, Johnny Mythen

Sinn Féin general election candidate for Wexford, Cllr Johnny Mythen and Liadh Ní Riada the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland's South constituency have questioned the logic and objectivity behind the SFPA raid on fishermen in Kilmore Quay in County Wexford this week.

Cllr Mythen said;

"These fishermen have been confined to port for the last 6 weeks, and have not been able to earn a wage so far this year. The moment there was a break in the weather they went to sea, but were met with a show of strength by the SFPA on their return to Kilmore. This heavy-handed approach is bordering on harassment. 

Ní Riada, a member of the European Parliament´s fisheries committee,  said;

"Due to the storms that have been hitting the country since before the end of 2015, a large number of Irish fishermen have been unable to go out to sea until recent weeks.

"The fishermen of Kilmore Quay in County Wexford are a notable example of this. For two months they have been unable to land a catch due to adverse weather conditions.

“I have heard of one boat, who having been tied up for weeks, managed to get out for a fishing trip. The boat was boarded by SFPA officers, who were in the harbour awaiting their return. 

"These fishermen, like many others, have been struggling to make ends meet as they have been unable to earn a living for the last few months due to the storms that have forced may fishermen to stay in port.

"They were only very recently able to set out to fish to make their living, but on their first day back in port they get raided and treated with contempt. It raises questions on the objectivity and motives of individuals in authority behind this.

"How can coastal communities like Kilmore Quay have any faith in the establishment political parties of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, when this is the outcome for fisherman after decades of bad governance?"


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