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Irish Government must stand up to Britain to protect fishermen – Conway-Walsh

3 July, 2017 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has called on the Government to act immediately and decisively in protecting Irish fishermen from the implications of Britain’s decision to withdraw from the London Fisheries convention.

“There needs to be tangible and decisive action taken by the Government to protect the rights of our fishermen. The Government have been playing catch up on so many issues in relation to Brexit. There is a real need now to act, even if that means openly challenging the British government.

“This decision comes as a result of internal Tory party politics with little or no regard for Ireland at all. The Government’s response must take account of this fact. I welcome the fact that my colleague Martin Ferris TD has called for Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to appear before the Agriculture Committee this week.

“He needs to appear with a clear set of actions to be taken by the Government and he must continue to engage with and inform those in the fishing sector in order to reassure and help them as they move into a period of uncertainty.

“It is simply not good enough for the Government to leave it to Michel Barnier to deal with this mess, they must take action.

“There are implications not just for fishermen but for the economic wellbeing of all coastal communities, particularly for counties such as Mayo. Our Government must be seen to stand up for Ireland’s interests or we risk being viewed as ‘a soft touch’ as the Brexit process continues. They should also call for an increased quota in any upcoming negotiations."

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