Minister to meet EU Fish Commissioner

Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith is due to hold talks with the EU Maritime Affairs Commissioner today to discuss problems facing Irish fishermen.

The fishermen recently held protests at ports across the country to highlight what they say is a threat to their livelihoods from rising fuel prices, cheap imports and EU quotas.

Mr Smith has promised to convey the depth of feeling among Irish fishermen when he meets Commissioner Joe Borg in Strasbourg today.

Last night, the European Commission proposed a package of measures to help skippers who decide to stop fishing or to upgrade their boats with fuel-saving equipment.

It is unclear whether this will placate fishermen throughout Europe, who have been demanding cuts in fuel taxes.

The EU believes tax cuts will not solve the problem of too many fishermen chasing too few fish.


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