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Ferris congratulates fishermen on successful protest

3 February, 2006


Sinn Féin Fisheries spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has congratulated the fishermen who took part in today's protest against the new fisheries legislation. Deputy Ferris encouraged the fishermen to keep the pressure on the Government until they finally get the message that this Bill is totally unacceptable.

He said, "Having been in touch with the many of the fishermen who took part in today's protests including the fishermen from Kerry and from Cork I am aware of the level of anger and determination throughout the whole country. I congratulate the men on the way they conducted themselves today in what was a very successful protest and I would encourage them to continue to put pressure on the Government until they finally get the message that this Bill is unacceptable.

"For my part I will continue to speak out against the Bill and push for my amendments to be adopted to overturn the punitive measures that the Bill contains. I will also continue to point out that the Common Fisheries Policy, which has been a disaster for the Irish fishing industry must be completely overhauled." ENDS

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