May 19, 2024

Younger Donegal fisherwoman Muireann Kavanagh introduced her marketing campaign for the reopening of line-caught pollack fishery on to the European Parliament’s door yesterday.

The 14-year-old, decided to guard her household’s fishing heritage and her personal future, visited Strasbourg able to make waves.

Yesterday she met with key decision-makers to voice her fears for Irish fishing communities affected by the zero-catch state of affairs really helpful to rebuild pollock inventory off the northwest.

Muireann mentioned: “For me it’s vitally necessary to clarify to the European officers simply how hopeless I really feel my future is as a younger fisherwoman. My household have fished for pollock in a sustainable manner for generations and it makes me unhappy and offended that I can’t do the identical. I really feel that fishing communities in Eire aren’t getting equity and I’ve made that very clear in each assembly right here within the parliament.”

When younger Muireann left her dwelling on the island of Arranmore this week it was the start of a really lengthy journey to the European Parliament. 

A visit taking up 24 hours noticed Muireann and her dad and mom Neily and Donna taking the ferry from Arranmore to Burtonport, then to Letterkenny by automotive and to Dublin by bus, earlier than flying to Frankfurt on a airplane to lastly arrive in Strasbourg by practice the place her host warmly welcomed her for the go to, MEP Chris MacManus. 

Left to proper: João Pimenta MEP (Coordinator for the Left Group for the Fisheries Committee), Muireann Kavanagh, Neily Kavanagh and Chris MacManus MEP on the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Suitably wearing her placing yellow fishing overalls, Muireann bought straight to work. The work in query was securing a future in fishing for herself and plenty of different younger folks dwelling in coastal and island communities. 

The younger fisherwoman met numerous high-ranking MEPs together with João Pimenta MEP, Coordinator for the Left Group for the Fisheries Committee, Pierre Karleskind MEP, Chairperson of European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee and Younous Omarjee the chair of the Parliament’s Committee on Regional Growth. 

Left to proper: Pierre Karleskind MEP (Chair of European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee), Chris MacManus MEP, Muireann Kavanagh and Neily Kavanagh on the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Talking from the parliament, Muireann mentioned “I’m delighted to be right here in Strasbourg and I’m very grateful that MEP MacManus organised this chance to talk on to the choice makers within the European parliament.”

MEP Chris MacManus mentioned he was struck by Muireann’s ardour and willpower, “Muireann is a younger fisherwoman from the island of Arranmore in county Donegal and has been rightly vocal on the necessity to guarantee a future for younger folks in coastal and fishing communities.”

“On the again of the Pollock fishing ban, Muireann made headlines when her handwritten letter to the fisheries minister was broadly circulated on social media. Following that I went to go to Muireann at her college Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada on Arranmore to listen to her story firsthand. I highlighted Muireann’s story in a European Parliament speech however I felt in was important that she might come right here to inform her story in individual.”

Neily Kavanagh, Muireann Kavanagh, Younous Omarjee (chair of the Parliament’s Committee on Regional Growth), Chris MacManus MEP and Donna Kavanagh on the European Parliament in Strasbourg

 The Midlands Northwest MEP subsequently invited the younger islander to the European Parliament so she might inform her story on to the related legislators. 

MEP MacManus added, “That is Muireann’s story, that is Muireann’s week. I used to be more than pleased to facilitate her and her household so her story will be heard loud and clear within the corridors of energy. She deserves to be heard. Younger Irish fisherwoman and males deserve equity and so they deserve a future. As MEPs we should battle to supply a future for younger folks like Muireann Kavanagh.”

Muireann Kavanagh pictured along with her father Neily on the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Arranmore teen brings battle for truthful fishing rights to European Parliament was final modified: April twenty fifth, 2024 by Rachel McLaughlin