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Significant progress made on Danish mackerel dispute

Festive cheer otherwise in scant supply at Fisheries Council – i can make text edits directly … ? Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) CEO, Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed a declaration issued by the Council of EU Fisheries Ministers aimed at resolving the mackerel dispute between Denmark and Ireland. However, he conceded that this agreement aside, it […]

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Brexit residue erodes Fisheries Council clout

Handcuffed negotiators unlikely to resolve key fisheries issues ? The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed its serious misgivings ahead of the annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers which commences in Brussels this weekend. It believes that an industry already in a state of heightened anxiety regarding Brexit losses is again in a […]

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Guilty until proven innocent, the lot of Irish fishermen

EU Commission refuses fishermen sight of contentious report Fishermen are demanding sight of a control audit report which allegedly makes a range of damaging allegations against the sector but to which they have been denied access for more than three years. Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) CEO, Seán O’Donoghue said the Commission is playing the role […]

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KFO welcomes High Court ruling against SFPA

Authority acted ‘ultra vires’, states judge ? The Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Seán O’Donoghue has welcomed today’s High Court ruling which found against the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) for its failure to approve a new state-of-the-art conveyor belt fish weighing system. The judicial review was taken jointly by the KFO and […]

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Fishing industry expresses no confidence in Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

Catch weighing fiasco is final straw for frustrated fishermen ? The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is not fit for purpose and needs to be reset as a matter of urgency, according to the representative groups for Ireland’s fishing and fish processing industry. Speaking ahead of a Joint Oireachtas Committee hearing tomorrow (Tuesday, May 11th), industry […]

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Burden sharing imperative for survival of Irish fishermen

Government must urgently redouble its effort The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has reacted angrily to suggestions from the European Commission that there would be no reallocation of fish stocks between EU countries to ease the burden faced by Ireland, post Brexit. Charlina Vitcheva, Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries defended the fact that Ireland is […]

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Brexit deal fails Irish fishermen

KFO demands compensation in mackerel quota transfer from other EU members The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has said the Brexit deal reached this evening has demonstrated the duplicitous nature of these protracted negotiations and expressed its dismay at how repeated guarantees given to Irish fishermen have, effectively been shredded. Having secured a host of written […]

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Government must not stand idly by and sacrifice Irish fishing industry

KFO aghast at proposal to throw fisheries ‘under the bus’ ? The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has implored the Irish Government to honour the commitment made to the fishing sector in the mandate given to EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier. Having invested more than four years in ensuring that fisheries remained at the very heart […]

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Brexit uncertainty to severely hamper fisheries negotiations

Unprecedented backdrop for annual EU fisheries council talks The Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) has expressed a note of caution ahead of the annual meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers which commences in Brussels tomorrow (Tuesday, December 15th).  It believes that an industry already in a state of heightened anxiety regarding Brexit is now in […]

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Britain can’t have its cake and eat it

UK cannot expect to retain EU membership fishing benefits, post-Brexit ? The complexity of moulding Britain’s future relationship with the EU is nowhere more evident than in fisheries where the UK cannot expect to retain the privileges of membership while blocking its erstwhile European colleagues from its waters and doubling its catch. That’s according to […]

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