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Sinn Féin conference to give our fishing industry the attention it deserves - Liadh Ní Riada MEP

13 October, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada will host a major fisheries policy conference in Dungarvan on Saturday, October 24th.

The conference will bring together fishermen, fisheries experts and government agencies to hammer out a strategy to support and grow the fishing industry around the coast.

Ní Riada said;

"It's long past time that our fishing industry was given the attention it deserves. Sinn Féin supports a sustainable fishing industry that acts as a driver of the local economy in coastal communities.

"As Ireland's only representative on the EU fisheries committee, I have endeavoured to be proactive voice for fishermen in Europe and in Ireland. I am working to ensure that the voice of coastal communities and those who depend on the sea for their livelihoods will be heard.

"This conference, which will bring together a broad cross-section of within the fishing industry to feed into a comprehensive national policy, is the first step in rejuvenating a sector that has been long neglected by successive governments.

"Unlike this and previous governments, Sinn Féin will continue to campaign domestically and abroad on various fisheries issues and our proposed policies, such as a Single Boat Payment scheme which Liadh Ní Riada has been highlighting with the European Commission. In government we would press for a renegotiated financial instrument that will accommodate the scheme under a truly reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

"We are also exploring legal avenues regarding illegal fishing by foreign trawlers and how they can be deterred; especially larger super-trawlers who are given space to buy up a disproportionate of quotas then fish past their quotas, reaping devastation on fish stocks and small fishermen as a result.

"Along with my colleagues in GUE/NGL, I have also submitted a proposal for funding for a pilot project on the creation of a public insurance system for those in the fisheries sector who due to unforeseen events could by adversely impacted by a number of factors, such as natural disasters, forced stops being enforced by recovery plans or sudden restrictions on access to resources, all of which would cut incomes.

“The conference itself will take place in Lawlors Hotel on Saturday 24th October and there is an open invitation to attend and participate in the discussions. I would urge all those with an interest in seeing a strong, vibrant and sustainable fishing industry to come along and ensure their voice is heard.”

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