Speaking today in the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland-South, Liadh Ní Riada, has said she is delighted that the European United Left has appointed her as their Brexit rapporteur for fisheries.
Speaking in response to the decision Liadh Ní Riada MEP said, “I am very happy to have been chosen for this role and the opportunities it affords me to stand up for the Irish fishing industry,” she said.
“The situation with Brexit and fisheries in Ireland is an unpredictable and potentially catastrophic for Irish fishermen.
“I look forward to engaging with the other political groups in the interests of standing up for Irish fisheries.
“One of the major concerns for Irish fishermen is that Ireland will bear the brunt of foreign fleets displaced from British waters if Britain exercises full control of its EEZ. Such a move could signal the death knell of the Irish fishing industry as we know it unless the Common Fisheries Policy is revised.
“Sinn Féin and the fishermen of Ireland demand that under no circumstances can these fleets be transferred to Irish waters.
“The message is very clear from Sinn Féin to Irish authorities if they fail in their negotiations in protecting and representing the interests of the many and not the privileged few.
“If Brexit turns into a disaster for our ordinary Irish fishermen, especially the small-scale sector and our rural & coastal communities because of the incompetence and indifference of the Irish government and their failure to consult and take on-board the concerns of the whole sector and Sinn Féin´s proposals, the Irish people will hold you accountable.”