The battle for the Irish fishing industry continues, writes Cormac Burke of the IFSA
“It would appear that the tide is very slowly turning in the Irish fishing industry’s battle for justice against an uncaring Government and a greedy EU,” writes Cormac Burke, Chair of the Irish Fishing and Seafood Alliance.
“This fight is still, and will be for some time to come, a huge challenge but the major efforts, going back to last February, by strong industry supporters such as the IFSA, IFPEA, IS&WFPO, Marine Times, TheFishingDaily.com, Tom McSweeney, Michael Collins (Ind. TD), Padraig MacLochlainn (SF TD), fishermen and the people of coastal communities nationwide, is slowly lifting the lid on the long-standing media suppression of the fishing industry and of this Government’s neglect of Ireland’s marine resources.
“Undoubtedly the peaceful demonstration earlier this week in Cork went a long way towards helping this and with, for once, (almost) pro industry articles in The Irish Times as a result, backed by interviews taken by much social media news coverage and radio stations nationwide, this has been a small but effective turning point for this industry to get its message across.
“And whilst fishing vessels from as far north as Greencastle and Killybegs wanted to be part of the Cork protest, it was felt that it was too much of a journey but that the expected future demonstration in Dublin in the near future will be backed by most of those who weren’t able to make the trip to Cork.