Minister Accused of Ignoring Fishermen
Irish Fish Producers Organisation has sought a meeting with
the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
because the Minister for the Marine has refused to meet them about
the new Fisheries Bill he is introducing, which the industry fears
could cause a disaster for fishing.
Chief Executive of the IFPO has written to the Oireachtas Committees
chairman and members saying that it has been unable to get a meeting
with the Minister, Michael Creed.
Creed is currently introducing a new Fisheries Bill that will allow
vessels from Northern Ireland to fish inside Irelands six-mile
has been done without any consultation with the Irish Fishing Industry,
the IFPO says. This has been a frustrating process to date
and as primary stakeholders we have been all but ignored which forced
the Irish Fish Producers' Organisation to take the unprecedented
step of writing to the Attorney General to advise her as to why
this legislation should not be progressed further. It is also important
to note that Prime Minster May indicated at the weekend that the
UK would withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention and Common
Fisheries Policy once Article 50 is triggered."
IFPO has asked the Committee to consider "the seriousness of
the total lack of engagement with the Irish Fishing industry"
by the Marine Minister "on what is very serious legislation
considering that we are giving away access to natural resources
and a very important negotiating position in advance of post-Brexit
Irish Fishing industry will need access to UK waters once they have
left the Common Fisheries Policy.