Save Greystones Fishing Fleet has asked inshore fishermen who have been subject of harassment by authorities to make a complaint. Photo: Save Greystones Fishing Fleet

Save Greystones Fishing Fleet has asked inshore fishermen who have been subject of harassment by authorities to make a complaint. Photo: Save Greystones Fishing Fleet

Wicklow: Endless Opportunities for Persecution and Harassment claims Save Greystones Fishing Fleet

Local campaign group Save Greystones Fishing Fleet has asked inshore fishermen who have been subject of harassment by authorities to make a complaint.

The story of the woes of the Greystones fishing fleet goes back to 2008 when berthing spots for fishing boats on plans for a new marine in the harbour mysteriously vanished. Local fishermen, whose families have used the harbour for generations, found themselves being pushed out. Thus commences a fourteen-year long battle where the fishermen have been told that they are unwanted at the local pier and instead, waterside apartments and sailing boats have replaced them.

The fishermen are complaining that they are being targeted deliberately by authorities in an attempt to make them go away. They ask why in every other harbour are fishermen like themselves allowed to make a living from the sea in relative peace without persecution and harassment, but they have become victims of a bullying campaign which is affecting their well-being along with their ability to make a living in order to support their families.

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Writing in a post on Facebook the Save Greystones Fishing Fleet say:

“In Greystones we arrive home to 30 fines between us for conducting the very basics of our day-to-day livelihood. We live with the threat that someone appointed by our local authority to manage our public harbour will try to take our boats into their own possession.

“We are concerned that the developer entrusted by our Local Authority to partner on the development of our public amenity feels they have the authority to revoke our right to conduct day to day activities typical to every other fishing harbour in the country.

“When they developed our harbour, they did not revoke our right to earn a living. They do not have the authority to prevent us continuing our fishing tradition.

“By carrying on activities in keeping with every other inshore fisherman in the country. We are doing nothing wrong; we are doing nothing unusual to our trade. We are doing nothing differently to how we worked here before the development. We are not expecting anything for free, or special treatment and have been asking repeatedly for facilities to be provided. We are conducting ourselves with dignity. This is persecution. But we do not fear them. We respect the sea. We face the sea every day. We respect our community and our heritage and will continue our fishing tradition with our heads up. We are here for a long time. But right now, it’s not a good time.

“Do you know any other inshore fishermen? Have they been fined for any of the above activities in any other harbour? Or is this just the joy of Greystones? Any other developers elsewhere decide to tell the people in the community that they do not have permission to do their jobs after they remove their place of work for development? Answers on a Postcard to Wicklow County Council, Sisk and BJ Marina. You can lodge a complaint here: https://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Your-Council/Customer-Care/Make-an-Enquiry-or-Complaint/” or click below.

Save Greystones Fishing Fleet calls for fishermen to report harassment

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