“Political engagement” is required to resolve the row over Norway’s bid for “unfettered access” to Irish blue whiting fishing waters, according to Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey.

Irish fishing bodies have asked the EU to suspend talks on Norway’s bid for access to Ireland’s blue whiting grounds.

Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation (IFPO) chief executive Aodh O’Donnell said it was “alarming that the EU could unilaterally negotiate away rights to our blue whiting”.

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