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Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has questioned the Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue on the fuel crisis in the Irish fishing industry

Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has put a series of questions to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue on what he was doing to help the Irish fishing industry regarding the current fuel crisis. 

Six weeks ago, Deputy MacLochlainn asked the Minister what he was doing to help the to assist Irish fishermen. At the time the Minister told the Sin Féin Deputy that he was prevented from doing anything by the European Commission Directive but since then France and Spain made serious interventions to assist their fishing industries. 

Minister McConalogue replied that he was very much aware of the increase in fuel costs and the impact that this is having on Irish fishers. He said that at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on 24 March, he initiated a debate on the impact of increasing fuel cost for the fishing industry. 

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Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has put a series of questions to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue on what he was doing to help the Irish fishing industry regarding the current fuel crisis. 

Six weeks ago, Deputy MacLochlainn asked the Minister what he was doing to help the to assist Irish fishermen. At the time the Minister told the Sin Féin Deputy that he was prevented from doing anything by the European Commission Directive but since then France and Spain made serious interventions to assist their fishing industries. 

Minister McConalogue replied that he was very much aware of the increase in fuel costs and the impact that this is having on Irish fishers. He said that at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on 24 March, he initiated a debate on the impact of increasing fuel cost for the fishing industry. 

Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn questioning Minister McConalogue on fuel costs

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He said, “I emphasised to the Commissioner (Sinkevicus) that these increased fuel costs of common type of difficulties already created by COVID-19. And of course, the impact of the quota reductions under Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement. I called on the Commission to urgently examine and approve measures through flexibility within the EU programs for fisheries funds that would allow the allocation of funds towards challenges facing the industry, and in particular, the fuel crisis.” 

He went on to say that the Commission went on to adopt and implement the crisis mechanism of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, recognising the Russian military aggression in Ukraine as an exceptional event causing market disruption there by making it possible for member states, grant two types of financial compensation to mitigate the impacts of costs stemming from market disruption. 

Minister McConalogue said that he has submitted schemes to the Commission for State Aid approval involving a voluntary two-month tie-up scheme in 2022 and a voluntary decommissioning scheme for the polyvalent sector of the fleet. 

He said that he recently met with fishing industry representatives and advised them of the progress on these and other important schemes as recommended by the Task Force. He says he believes that the fishing industry has welcomed the news of the tie-up scheme. 

The scheme will work with one month in each three months a boat ties-up, then are paid for what the equivalent of what they would have been catching in that month. And then the quota that they would have been catching is available to other boats still operating. He believed the tie-up scheme would effectively increase the quota available for the boats that are fishing in that month. 

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