THE GOVERNMENT MUST SUPPORT IRISH FISHERIES

Aontú Councillor Jim Codd

Aontú Councillor Jim Codd calls on the Irish government to support Irish fisherman. The industry is in crisis, with the collapse of European food markets and the economic impact of the lockdown hitting fisherman in the pocket. Further to this, the continued delay in any form of financial package has deprived the sector of much needed economic relief.

The government and European authorities must act swiftly to protect against permanent economic damage to the industry. The European authorities have indicated that they have made resources and tools available to member states to support the ‘hard-hit fishing and aquaculture sectors.’ This beggars the question, if there are European resources available, why has the government yet to divert any funding, resources or tools to the industry to bail out an industry devastated by the pandemic be it in terms of business closures or suspension of activities?

The government response to the concerns of several sectors be it the agricultural, childcare, or fishing & aquaculture has been far too slow and opaque – this uncertainty has put additional strain on already strained industries. Aontú Councillor Jim Codd reaffirms his demand for the government to support Irish fisherman, and to do so swiftly to relieve the industry.