Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says the budget must deliver urgent supports to address fishing industry fuel crisis
Budget must deliver urgent supports to address fishing industry fuel crisis – Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, has called on the Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, to introduce an emergency financial aid package in next week’s Budget to address the unprecedented fuel crisis in the Irish fishing industry.
He was speaking after meeting a delegation of leading representatives of the fishing industry in Ireland.
Teachta Mac Lochlainn said:
“Last June, the Irish fishing industry united in an unprecedented fashion to call for urgent financial support for their fishing communities in crisis. They then met with Minister McConalogue in early July. It is now 11 weeks since that meeting and the Minister has still not acted.
“It is incredible that we have emergency fuel support schemes for fishing industries being introduced across EU member states with the support of the European Commission, yet here in Ireland the Minister has sat on his hands despite desperate calls for relief.