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Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue met with Irish fishing representatives after the protest at Dublin Port. Pictured front: Sean O’Donoghue – KFO. Back: (L to R) John Lynch – IS&EFPO, John Ward – IFPO, Brendan Byrne IFPEA and Patrick Murphy – IS&WFPO

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, held constructive talks with representatives of the fishing industry this afternoon following the flotilla and protest in Dublin today.

Thousands of members of the fishing industry and their families gathered in Dublin today to protest at the state of the industry and called on the Government to fight for equal rights for Irish fishers in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

On Tuesday nights and early Wednesday morning, a flotilla of seventy-four fishing vessels from right around the Irish coast gathered at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the southside of the Liffey to highlight to the Irish public and Government, that a change is necessary before the industry is forced into decommissioning, which would have a detrimental effect on life in coastal communities, basically wiping out prospects of living in their own homes for future generations.

After the ‘Show n’ Tell’ at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the rally moved across the Samuel Beckett Bridge onto Guild Street and at the park there across from the Convention Centre, where the Dáil is sitting during the COVID crisis.

Attendees heard from several speakers including Patrick Murphy from the Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation who compered the event, Sean O’Donoghue from the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, John Lynch from the Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation, John Ward from the Irish Fish Producers Organisation, Brendan Byrne from the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association and Greencastle fisherman Adrian McClenaghan. A number of other representatives and TD’s took the mic including Cork Independent TD, Michael Collins.

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Later in the afternoon, the leaders of the four fish producer organisations made their way to Kildare Street where they handed a petition to the Minister McConalogue who held a two-hour meeting with the representatives.

The Minister said ” I was joined by the representatives of the fishing industry this afternoon where we had constructive talks. I welcome continued engagement with the industry.”

by Oliver McBride

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