June 22, 2024

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Fisheries and the Marine, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, has criticised cuts to the fisheries Funds for subsequent yr.

The Division of Agriculture’s €1.9 billion price range, down from €2.1 billion final yr, was described by Minister McConalogue as having a transparent deal with defending farm and fisher incomes.

It’s reported that the allocation for fisheries and seafood for 2024 is €176.9 million, nearly half of the allocation for 2023.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn mentioned that final yr’s ‘report’ price range included the EU Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund (BAR). He accused the Minister of taking credit score for cash that was ‘primarily a redundancy fee to Eire’s fishing trade’.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn mentioned: “Sinn Féin had proposed a spread of measures for Funds 2024 together with elevated funding to fish producer organisations, assist for small scale fish retailers and processors, a continuity grant for the Irish inshore fishing fleet, elevated security gear for inshore vessels, an improved price range for the Marine Institute, a assure fund beneath the Brexit Aquaculture Development Scheme and a gas assist scheme for the fishing and seafood sectors. Complete Sinn Féin further funding to the Division of Marine price range would have been €24.1 million.

“It’s time for honesty from the federal government slightly than dishonesty and spin. Our fisheries and seafood trade has been failed by this authorities.

“The final 12 months alone has seen manufacturing within the fishing trade down by 15%, the fleet diminished by 30%, Eire’s fishing quota in our personal waters all the way down to lower than 20%, and roughly 1,000 folks at sea and ashore are shedding their jobs.

“Like a lot in Eire at the moment, it’s clear {that a} change of presidency is urgently wanted to present our fishing and seafood trade hope of a brighter future.”

 

Fisheries funding minimize in Funds 2024 is ‘surprising’ was final modified: October eleventh, 2023 by Employees Author