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Irish government commits to support its fisheries in face of Brexit

Published by FiskerForum, 20-04-2018 · info@fiskerforum.dk

aIreland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has sent a powerful message to the country’s fishing industry, setting out unequivocally that fisheries must be part of Brexit trade negotiations.

He stated that the Irish fishing industry must be supported in each and every way possible to ensure the continued inclusion of fisheries as part of trade negotiations, with no reduction in Ireland’s share, retention of access to UK waters and with the the status quo ultimately maintained post-Brexit.

The statement was made following a meeting with Irish fish producer organisations KFO, IFPO and ISEFPO, as well as processors this afternoon, which was also attended by Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.

The producer have organisations welcome unequivocal support of Irish Government

‘Irish fishermen are extremely anxious that the legal text of any Brexit agreement must reflect their demands. Today’s clear commitment from the Irish Government to the industry is most encouraging and another big step forward on a long, turbulent and uncertain road which happened upon us on June 23rd, 2016,’ said Seán O’Donoghue, CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation.

‘This was a historic meeting in many ways, a first for our organisations to meet with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Agriculture Minister simultaneously. We couldn’t have asked for more by way of Government attentiveness and support,’ he added.

‘It is imperative now that we all unite to ensure no slippage in terms of this political support and to provide the certainty that more than 14,500 people working in the €1.15billion Irish seafood sector, require and deserve. Maintaining reciprocal access to waters and resources as agreed in the guidelines should be at the heart of the post-Brexit relationship in fisheries given the historic ties and inextricable links between our countries and industries.’

Source: KFO

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