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Fine Gael and Labour must give commitment to implement Ombudsman’s recommendations on Lost at Sea Scheme

20 October, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Fisheries Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has called on both Fine Gael and the Labour Party to give commitments to implement the recommendations contained in the Ombudsman’s report on the Lost at Sea Scheme if either party is in Government after the next election.

Deputy Ferris said the decision by the Fianna Fáil members of the Agriculture Committee to vote down the Ombudsman’s report was a shameful piece of political manoeuvring. The Committee this morning, with a majority of Government members, voted to reject the Ombudsman's recommendations which were supported by all the Opposition members.

Deputy Ferris said:

“Last week’s action by the Fianna Fáil members of the Agriculture Committee was a shameful piece of political manoeuvring to silence the report from the Ombudsman.

“Both the Fine Gael Party and the Labour Party voted to accept the findings of the report and I would call on those parties to give a commitment to implement its recommendations if they are in Government after the next general election.

“My party is fully prepared to implement the report’s recommendations if in Government and I believe other parties seeking a mandate to govern should give the same commitment.

“It is a disgrace that the Byrne Family of Donegal have been treated in such a manner. They have been used as a political football to suit the needs of Fianna Fáil.

“This needs to stop. The Byrne Family should be paid compensation as the Ombudsman’s report recommended and the matter should be put to bed once and for all.” ENDS

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