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Britain waives the rules – Hazzard

12 October, 2016 - by Chris Hazzard


Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the Irish Sea should become a submarine free zone to end the risk they pose to fishing crews.

Speaking after inspectors confirmed that a British Navy submarine endangered the lives to the crew on ‘The Karen’, Mr Hazzard said:

"Sinn Féin want to see an end to British military activity in Ireland in all its forms.

“The confirmation by the British Ministry of Defence that a Royal Navy submarine was involved in dragging a trawler off the Down coast raises serious questions.

“The British Government and the British Ministry of Defence should end its submarine activity in the Irish Sea to avoid similar incidents in the future.

“The lives of local fishermen were put at risk. It was only the quick thinking of the crew who cut the landing gear free that prevented the trawler from sinking and killing those on board.

“Our fishermen deserve to be able to work in an environment where they don’t have to worry about military submarines sinking their boats.”

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