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de Brún to raise fisheries concerns with European Commissioner following meeting with joint Oireachtas Committee

9 November, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has pledged to raise concerns over the 'Sea fisheries and maritime jurisdiction bill' at national and EU level and to raise them personally with the European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg. The commitment was given following a meeting in the European Parliament with a delegation from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and a range of Irish and other MEPs

Speaking in Brussels Ms de Brún said:

"I have serious concerns about what I have heard regarding this forthcoming legislation.

"Those in the fishing industry do not argue against sanctions for breaches of the rules. However they do expect those sanctions to be proportional and they expect fair play. Those engaged in fishing north and south ask only that they be treated fairly, particularly in comparison with those engaged in the industry from elsewhere in Europe.

"I will work closely with our SF TDs in the time ahead on the concerns raised today. I intend also to raise them with Commissioner Joe Borg when he visits my constituency on Friday.

"I thank those who organised this trip for ensuring these matters are fully aired" ENDS

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