Minister McConalogue visited Killybegs to discuss the current Brexit state of play with Irish fishing sector representatives. Photo: Oliver McBride
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has visited the crucial port of Killybegs on to discuss the current Brexit state of play with representatives of the fishery sector.
The Minister, who marked his 100th day in the position on 11 December, held a full day of engagements meeting with fishers, various stakeholders and local businesses in advance of an expected outcome on Brexit EU-UK talks.
Minister McConalogue told the sector’s representatives that he continues to fight for the sector in the talks between the UK and the EU.
The Minister led discussions on the potential impact on business and local communities of any changes to the status-quo and on development of the Harbour.
“We have taken a very hard line in relation to trying to ensure that we get the message across at European level in terms of our negotiations with the UK government on Brexit to ensure our quota share and our access to waters are protected,” said the Minister speaking to Highland Radio this morning.
“I had very good discussions with many stakeholders and fishermen on Friday across the day in Killybegs and I think there has been a strong and united stance between the sector and the government over the last period of time and we are all hoping that will bear fruit and there will be a deal.”
On the Premier Port, Minister McConalogue said: “The port and harbour of Killybegs is an integral part of County Donegal as well as the Irish fishing economy.
“Any deal or no-deal as a result of Brexit free trade agreement talks will have an impact on this economy, and the Government, and I, remain committed to fighting for the best result possible.
“I continue to engage with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier to remind him that the interests of our fishery communities needs to be kept front of mind in all aspects of the talks.”