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Pádraig Mac Lochlainn requires agency stance in EU fishing negotiations

The Irish fishing trade have to be defended throughout upcoming EU Fee negotiations – that’s what Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has mentioned at this time in letters written to the Taoiseach and Minister for Agriculture.

Mac Lochlainn TD, who’s Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine is looking for a powerful stance to guard Irish pursuits in 2024.

Talks are as a consequence of start between the EU Fee and the Nordic States exterior the EU (Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands) on proposals for fishing alternatives for 2024.

These negotiations will end result within the allocation of fishing quotas to international locations for 2024 at EU council conferences in October and December this 12 months.

Teachta Mac Lochlainn mentioned: “I’ve written at this time to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Meals and the Marine Charlie Mc Conalogue TD, outlining that the Irish fishing trade have to be defended in these negotiations.

“I notice with curiosity and welcome a latest assembly between An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Advantageous Gael MEP Colm Markey and representatives of the Irish fishing trade the place this matter was a precedence on the agenda.

“Colm Markey MEP, who was current on the assembly, has since mentioned in a press assertion that ‘Eire should stand its floor throughout negotiations on 2024 fishing alternatives, which get underway shortly, and Eire should stand agency and guarantee we don’t lose out’.

“I welcome this sturdy intervention from Colm Markey MEP and it’s now over to The Taoiseach, Minister for Agriculture and Marine and their division officers to barter the very best end result for Eire.

“We can not have a scenario like in earlier years the place unfettered entry to Irish fishing waters is being supplied to non-EU member states, significantly at a time when Eire remains to be attempting to recuperate its trade after the devastating losses and the decommissioning of 57 vessels, as a consequence of Brexit.

“I strongly reiterate that Eire should not be left behind once more on the again of a foul fishing deal agreed by the Irish Authorities in Europe.”

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn requires agency stance in EU fishing negotiations was final modified: August 4th, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin