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“EU vote is gambling with future of Irish fisheries.” - Ní Riada MEP

4 July, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has expressed grave concern at the impact the vote for Britain to leave the EU will have on Ireland, but in particular, Irish fisheries.

Speaking from Starsbourg this week, Ní Riada said,

“Although in broad terms we know the impact of Britain voting to leave the EU will be disastrous for Ireland, however we are now left with so many unanswered questions, we cannot be entirely sure of the wider reaching consequences.  

“In terms of Irish fisheries, their future is really at stake here. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is complicated enough as it is and trying to untangle the complexities of fishing rights, the danger of over fishing and illegal fishing is a real worry for the industry North and South.

“Will the fishermen in the north now lose the right to fish in all of Ireland´s waters e.g. Irish Sea, Malin Sea etc? Will they not be permitted to negotiate bilaterally with the 26 Counties? Will there be added access, monitoring and surveillance implications?

“This vote to leave could be a swift halt to growth of fisheries in the north.

"This is one of our most important indigenous sectors and with this vote, their future is being gambled with." ENDS 

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