Becky Kealy: “Save Our Irish Fishing Fleet, If We Want Next Generation”

Fishers say their industry is in crisis, and that they may be the last generation of Irish fishermen and women. So says Aontú’s Becky Kealy who is kicking off a “Save our Irish Fishing Fleet” campaign in Castletownbere tonight. 

Ms Kealy said that “meeting with fishermen and representatives of the Irish South West fish producers organisation in Castletownbere on Saturday the 26 th February, I was deeply impacted by the words of these hard working men and women who fear for the life of their industry.

“One fishermen stated quite bluntly: ‘We are probably the last generation of Irish Fisher men and women in this country.’ This is an industry that was the sacrificial lamb of Brexit, and long since forgotten by both Brussels and Dublin. Another fisherman said “working at sea can be stressful and dangerous but fighting for our rights and equality here on land is proving much harder – the government doesn’t want to listen. This government is long-deaf to rural Ireland, and the threatened existence of our fishing industry is testament to that abandonment by the Irish government,” she said.

“It is incumbent upon us as political representatives, and also the public at large, to be aware, to be informed and to be vocal about what is happening to this vital industry – which if we do not fight for, will cease to exist. I am calling on the people to get active, to support their fishermen and to protect this imperative, indigenous industry of our own.”

The Chief Executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation, Patrick Murphy, will speak at a public meeting in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon tonight with Ms Kealy 7.30pm followed by a Q and A session

 

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