Irish fishers and fisheries organisations are urging Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue to negotiate hard on their behalf as fishing quotas for 2024 are finalised at the December EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels.

The two-day meeting which began yesterday and will conclude this evening, looks to agree on the total allowable catches for each species in EU member states under the Common Fisheries Policy……

CEO of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation Aodh O’Donnell, who is in Brussels for the council, said Ireland needs to be very vocal about its needs.

“Ireland needs to push really hard to defend its fishing rights and we have a poor track record on doing that. We have had significant engagement with the minister but we need to be more vocal.”

Mr O’Donnell said Irish fishers have been impacted severely since Brexit .

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