We need a fair deal for our coastal communities – Mac Lochlainn
Speaking in the Seanad and in the Oireachtas Committee on the Marine on the threat of Brexit and the announcement of the British Government that they intend to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention, Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Irish Government to open up a renegotiation of the Common Fisheries Policy along with the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said:
“It is clear that our coastal communities in Donegal and across the State have never had a fair deal from our membership of the European Union and the Common Fisheries Policy.
“The announcement by the British Government that they intend to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention will only squeeze those communities to the bone unless the Irish Government takes decisive action.
“I have challenged the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed, and the Government directly this week in the Seanad and in the Oireachtas Committee on the Marine to ensure that Ireland renegotiates the Common Fisheries Policy alongside these Brexit negotiations.
“The status quo is not an option. The Government need to listen to the real concerns of coastal communities. They feel that they have been historically failed. They do not trust civil servants based in Brussels or elsewhere to act in their best interests.
“We need a fair deal for our coastal communities. They are tired of the huge share of the wealth from our fisheries that we have given away year in, year out. They are tired of the super trawlers hoovering up our fish with little or no oversight while they struggle to cope with the bureaucracy and the paperwork in order to make some kind of a living.
“Brexit and the announcement by the British Government that they intend to withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention is the opportunity to finally deliver justice. It's an opportunity that must be taken.”