Independent TD, Michael Collins has slated the Irish Government for allowing an act of piracy off Cork coast
Rural Independent TD for Cork, Deputy Michael Collins TD, slammed the Government for allowing the crew of a Castletownbere fishing trawler to be harassed and intimidated by a Spanish fishing vessel over the weekend.
Speaking ahead of a press conference on the matter, Deputy Collins said:
“Irish fishing men and women fishing inside the 12-mile limit for local fishing, derive the protection of the national flag.
“However, it appears that the Irish state is more interested in challenging Irish vessels than foreign ones.
“All Irish citizens deserve the protection of the state. However, it is unconceivable that Irish fishers would be let down by the state, during a time of crisis.
“Over the weekend, I witnessed a boat fishing within the 10-mile limit off Bantry Bay, where foreign trawlers are not supposed to fish, intimate an Irish vessel and crew. Why would the Irish navy and government not intervene, despite my calls for them to do so?
“The Spanish longliner called the Punta Candieira was allowed to shoot its gear and fish unimpeded inside Irish waters. This raises serios questions.
“It also represents a serious international infringement on our Irish interests. Thus, we are calling on the Taoiseach and the government to explain why they have let the fishing community down yet again?”
Source: Press Release