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Liadh Ní Riada MEP to host public meeting on Brexit impact on fisheries

5 October, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada has said that Brexit has presented significant concerns and challenges for the people of Ireland, but also opportunities for changes to be made to get a better deal for Ireland.

Ní Riada, who is the only Irish MEP on the European Parliaments fisheries committee, said;

“With Article 50 apparently about to be invoked early next spring according to Thersesa May, so begins one of the most challenging negotiations of our time.

“Ireland, as Britain´s closest neighbour, will be the most impacted by the implications of Brexit.

“Brexit has brought up challenges but also the possibility of potential dialogue for the Irish government to seek out a new arrangement to benefit Irish fisheries.

“The industry has been at a massive disadvantage due to incompetent and short-sighted government management and representation.

“With the Brexit negotiations the government must press for new ways and explore avenues to renegotiate previous arrangements with their counterparts in the European Council.

“It is very difficult to have borders where the sea is concerned. The impact of Brexit on our quotas, funding for fishermen, fishing grounds, aquatic species, maximum sustainable yields, ability to prevent illegal fishing and so on is unknown.

“Now is the time to examine what we need to do to safeguard our fisheries and pressurise the Irish government to get a new deal.

“With that in mind, Sinn Féin spokesperson on fisheries Martin Ferris TD and I are going to meet with fishing communities and stakeholders all around the coast in the coming weeks.

 “This Friday, we will be in Casteltownbere - Beara Coast Hotel at 6pm. Its a public meeting and I would urge everyone who is directly affected by this to come along.

“Tá sé in am seasamh go laidir lenár iascairí.”

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