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Legislation needed urgently to resolve fishing North and South – Kenny

1 March, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin spokespeople for Agriculture and Fisheries Martin Kenny TD and Martin Ferris TD have repeated their2016 call for Minister Michael Creed to promptly bring forward legislation to deal with a Supreme Court judgement prohibiting Northern boats fishing for mussels in Southern waters within the 0-6 mile limit.

Deputy Kenny said:

“We urge the Minister to do all in his power to proceed with the legislation and resolve the situation where two boats from the North have been impounded off Co Louth. The Irish Naval service was obliged to do its job and without legislation to deal with that Supreme Court decision, did its duty.

“Sinn Féin has always been very supportive and conscientious of protection of our fish stocks, but also supported the Voisinage Agreement.

“Since 2016, Sinn Féin have said that it is imperative that Minister Creed introduce legislation to allow Northern boats to fish Southern waters and restore the reciprocity which has existed since the Voisinage Agreement of 1965, giving Irish fishermen the right to fish around the coast North and South. A failure to do so has led to these seizures.

“With Brexit looming, this has become even more urgent and necessary and there is no reason why this legislation cannot move quickly.” 

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