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No Ministerial Meeting Yet with the Fishing Industry

Last week the Irish South and West Fishermen’s Organisation called for a meeting with the Minister for the Marine which, it said, was needed “as soon as possible” to evaluate where in the current EMFF Programme, money not already spent could be reallocated to assist the industry and maintain a regular supply of fish to the Domestic Market.

We are told that no reply has yet been received from the Minister or his Department, no meeting has been arranged.

Minister Creed has emerged this week as one of the main protagonists within Fine Gael expressing concern about his party joining with Fianna Fail to form a government. It is important that the country should have a government, but it is equally important that the Minister should deal with the urgent issues identified by the Irish South and West Organisation. These are- maintaining a regular supply of food to the domestic market and the Organisation’s a plan for the domestic market, for which they called on Bord Iascaigh Mhara to respond.

This week, as you can hear on the Podcast interview on our Weekly Update, with IFA Aquaculture, the importance of the aquaculture sector as a source of seafood supply and its access to the EMFF Programme, is being emphasised.

With the greatest respect to governmental discussions, dealing urgently with and responding to, the proposals put forward by the ISWFO and IFA Aquaculture is also of considerable importance for fisheries and aquaculture, for the general public and for the security of seafood supplies.

Minister Creed has also been called upon to take “immediate action” to implement the newly-developed European funding package for hard-hit Irish fishing sectors.

“Europe is being proactive in opening channels of funding and support, but on the ground in Ireland, the ball is in the Minister’s court to access that funding,” Green Party MEP for Ireland South, Grace O’Sullivan, has said

Fleet at Killybegs Harbour - an unsure future ahead! Photo by the Editor