Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade and TD for Dublin Fingal Darragh O’Brien says the British Government’s decision to withdraw from London Fisheries Convention is a deeply worrying move.

The decision will prevent Irish trawlers from fishing in waters within 12 nautical miles of the UK coastline.

Deputy O’Brien commented, “I am extremely concerned about the impact that the British Government’s decision to remove itself from the London Fisheries Convention will have on Irish fishermen, particularly those operating out of Balbriggan, Skerries, Howth, Rush and Loughshinny.

“The fishing industry in North County Dublin is a major employer and any move which has the potential to threaten this sector must be treated with the utmost seriousness.  Hundreds of jobs in this region are dependent on the reciprocal fishing rights applied under the Convention and our Government must insist that fishing rights are discusses as part of the wider Brexit trade discussions.

“I will be meeting local fishermen to discuss the impact of this situation with them.  Irish fishing fleets have a lot more to lose as a result of this decision because of our proximity to UK waters. Minister Creed must step up to the mark and ensure that the industry is protected by negotiating a larger quota.

“I will be raising my concerns about the UK Government’s decision with the British Ambassador when I meet with him next week and I will be seeking assurances that the special relationship between Ireland and the UK with be respected and maintained, during the Brexit process”.