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Ferris voices support for fishing protest

3 February, 2006

The Sinn Féin Fisheries Spokesperson, Martin Ferris TD, has voiced his support for today’s protests by fishermen at ports around the country. The protest is being held in opposition to the proposed new fisheries legislation currently being debated in the Dáil. Fishermen are objecting to what they claim are measures designed to criminalise them.  

Deputy Ferris said: “The current Bill is unacceptable to almost everyone involved in the Irish fishing industry.  In seeking to impose massive penalties and bring large areas of activity under the criminal courts, it is completely at odds with the practise in other EU states. I have already spoken against the Bill and have tabled a large number of amendments which seek to overturn the punitive measures which it contains. I will also continue to point out that the Common Fisheries Policy, which has been a disaster for the Irish fishing industry must be completely overhauled.” ENDS

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