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TDs briefed on penalty points for fishermen in Leinster House today – Ferris

20 April, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin fisheries spokesman, Martin Ferris TD, hosted a briefing on the issue of penalty points for fishermen in Leinster House today.

He chaired a session at which Francis O’Donnell, CEO of the Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation and Dermot Conway, the solicitor who took cases on the issue to the High Court, on behalf of the Crayden Fishing company and the O’Sullivan family, both out of Castletownbere, Co Cork addressed a gathering in the AV Room in Leinster House.

Deputy Ferris said:

“Sinn Féin has put forward a Dáil motion to annul the Statutory Instrument of March 2016 signed by Minister Coveney which we believe discriminates against fishermen who are trying to make a living.

“It is coming on the back of the previous SI struck down by the courts for imposing penalty points on fishermen without recourse to the justice system. Minister Coveney’s implementation of the second SI shows contempt for the judgement of the High Court by introducing the same conditions again.

“Sinn Féin will be seeking the support of all opposition TDs to strike down this Statutory Instrument. While no government or Fianna Fáil TDs attended the briefing today, was good to see opposition parties, groups and independents there and in agreement on this issue.”

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