Cork Independent TD, Michael Collins attacked the Taoiseach on his track record with the Irish fishing industry
Cork Independent TD, Michael Collins attacked the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin on his track record of mistreating the Irish fishing industry and asked him, what has he got against the industry.
Collins was criticising the Government’s decision to rush through the National Marine Planning Framework legislation without the Dáil taking appropriate debating time on the Bill. The Government has also received criticism from Sinn Féin’s Fisheries spokesperson, Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn and his colleague Housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin TD.
The west Cork TD blasted the Taoiseach’s attitude towards the NMPF and the inshore industry.
“The Marine Planning Framework and the fact that it looks like we are going to have time to debate this, is another attack on the inshore fishermen of west Cork and the fishermen of this country. It is only right proper that we get time to debate these issues in a proper manner.
“I don’t understand why you don’t want proper scrutiny in the Dáil. I do know that you have been attacking the fishermen personally because you were no sooner temporary Minister for Agriculture when you went ahead with the penalty points which was a kick in the teeth further. The same with the Brexit issue where you fell asleep at the wheel.
“Now there is a big a big weighing issue that Europe are cracking the whip against the Irish fishermen, and you won’t even allow time to debate this issue.
“What are you scared of?
“Are you afraid that the inshore fishermen not to be respected in here, the ordinary fishermen not to be respected here? The ordinary users of Irish waters not to be respected here.
“Some parts of the Bill maybe fine but it still needs proper discussion here.
I am asking you to step back here and for once to stand up for the fishermen of west Cork and this country and stand by them and not stand against them as you continued to do so the past twelve-months since you term started.”