Government Not Tuned In to Post Brexit Plight of Fishing Communities – Teachta Daly

Teachta Pa Daly, TD is urging Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister Charlie McConalogue to heed the pleas of the Irish fishing communities in this post Brexit reality.

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, highlights the need for an Taoiseach and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, TD to stand up for Irish coastal communities and to immediately seek a re-negotiation of access to Irish fishing waters following the outcome of the Brexit trade deal.

Teachta Daly said that the outcome of this Brexit trade deal amounts to another 15% cut in quota and income to our Irish fishing fleet that was already struggling to survive.

Not Listening to Fishing Communities

“The response from the Taoiseach and Minister McConalogue to this deal shows that they are not really listening to Irish fishing communities,” he said.

“Limited financial compensation is not the issue.

“The real issue is the appalling ongoing spectacle of the handing over of our immense Irish natural fishing resource to others every year, to the immense detriment of our coastal communities.

Revisit Common Fisheries Policy

“It is now time to revisit the EU Common Fisheries Policy quotas as they apply to Irish waters.

This Brexit trade deal has clearly exposed the failings of the ‘relative stability’ approach that allocates quota in Irish waters based on the historical catch, decades ago, of the fleets of EU member states rather than the needs of our coastal communities around Ireland, closest to those fishing grounds.

Irish Fleet Ripped Apart

“For the Irish fleet to be further ripped apart while there are immense fishing resources around our coast is absolutely unacceptable and the Irish government need to stand up for Irish interests.

“Our fishing and coastal communities cannot be sacrificed again at the altar of European political expediency,” said Teachta Daly.

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