A louder voice in Europe essential for Irish fishing industry growth, IFPO leader Aodh O’Donnell told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the meeting
Co-operation and a co-ordinated approach are vital to reverse the decline of the Irish fishing industry and foster growth, the Taoiseach heard at a meeting with sector representatives earlier this week.
The fishing delegation said ongoing support from the Taoiseach, his Government and his party, could significantly strengthen Ireland’s voice at the EU negotiating table.
The fishing leaders said Fine Gael and Government support had played a vital role in securing a better deal for Ireland as a first step in the recent Norway blue whiting agreement. Aodh O’Donnell from the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) said FG MEP Colm Markey – who was at the meeting – played a very significant role in this. “He called certain states out for their irresponsible inflated unilateral quota setting and outlined Ireland’s objections clearly and effectively.”