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Ferris condemns increase in Port Charges

18 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD, has strongly condemned the decision of the Minister for the Marine, Dermot Ahern, to introduce vastly increased rates for the use of ports from October 1. The increases will apply to fishing boats using Howth, Dumore East, Killibegs, Castletownbeare and Rossaveal.

Deputy Ferris said:

"Since this increase was first threatened last May, I have raised it a number of times in the Dáil and at Committee meetings and have called on the Minister to not to impose the increases. While the Minister did respond positively to the request made by myself and others to consult with those involved in fishing, he has decided to proceed against their advice and judgement.

"I know from my own home area in Kerry, and from speaking to fishermen from the other ports concerned, that the charges will add to what is an already difficult time for fishermen. Incomes have been falling, and the industry is faced with a range of threats to which these exorbitant charges have now been added. I would call on the Minister, therefore, even at this late hour, to reverse his decision."ENDS

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