Minister McConalogue promises fisheries taskforce for Irish fishing industry at Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, has promised to set up a fisheries taskforce which will support the fisheries sector and their communities.
Minister McConalogue was under questioning from Independent TD, Michael Collins, who condemned decommissioning plans for the fleet, saying that it would have a disaterous impact on the future of fishing communities around the coast.
Minister McConalogue responded by saying that he was going to set-up a taskforce in the coming days that would include all the stakeholders in the industry from fishermen to processors and would support the fisheries sector and their communities to deal with the impacts of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement fallout.
Last week’s Committee was attended by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, Sinn Féin Deputy for Donegal and Fisheries Spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD, Independent Deputy Michael Collins TD, representing Cork South West, Independent Deputy, Thomas Pringle TD representing Donegal, Fine Gael Deputy Paul Kehoe TD for Wexford, Fine Gael Senator Tom Lombard, Fianna Fáil Senator Paul Daly and Fine Gael Deputy Fergus O’Dowd representing the Louth constituency.
Irish fishing industry leaders also remotely attended the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine – Brexit and its impact on the Fisheries Industry.
Representatives from the Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation, the Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation, the Irish Fish Producers Organisation, and the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation were present for the meeting.
The Irish fisheries leaders attending were:
Patrick Murphy, CEO of the IS&WFPO;
Sean O’Donoghue, CEO of the KFO;
John Ward, CEO of the IFPO; and
John Lynch, Chairman of IS&EFPO.