28 May 2020
By Bryan Smyth
We must hold the line at all costs in Brexit fisheries negotiations, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Senator Tim Lombard has raised concerns after a Government analysis revealed that the Irish fishing industry could potentially see a huge slump in some fish quotas if the UK prevails in its ambitions for the sector.
Senator Lombard said: “A good Brexit deal on fisheries is more important now than ever.
“However an Irish Government analysis has shown that quotas for meghrim and monkfish could fall by up 67% and 64% respectively, while cod and haddock could both fall by 48%.
“The whiting quota for the Irish fleet could also fall by 40%. This would be detrimental to the industry here.
“There are conflicting reports over whether or not the EU will relax its red lines on this vital industry and I am keen that we strongly urge Michel Barnier not to give ground on the EU’s – and Ireland’s – key demands on fisheries.
Senator Lombard continued: “The EU has said it will not conclude a Free Trade Agreement with the UK unless there is a separate agreement which grants continued access for European fleets to UK waters.
“We must hold the line firmly on this issue.”