Published: Mon, 10 September 2018
Seán Kelly MEP will host an official delegation from the European Parliament Fisheries Committee in Cork next week. Representing the Parliament’s biggest political group, the European People’s Party, Mr. Kelly will welcome members from Germany, Italy and the UK.
In an effort to inform Members about the concerns of the fisheries sector in Mr. Kelly’s constituency, Ireland South, the delegation will visit Cork city, Clonakilty and Castletownbere to meet with local stakeholders.
The visit will include meetings with representatives from the UCC Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Centre, the English Market, Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs), Fish Producer Organisations and cooperatives, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and other state agencies.
“Maritime issues are an essential part of our lives and crucial to Irish coastal areas, so I am very proud to represent Irish interests in this area. The fisheries sector faces a lot of uncertainty, particularly with the UK’s impending withdrawal from the EU, so it is imperative that the Parliament is aware of the challenges faced and continues to support development in the sector,” said Mr. Kelly, speaking from Strasbourg today.
As a member of the Fisheries Committee, leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament Seán Kelly works to protect the interests of Ireland’s fisher people and coastal communities, and support sustainable local aquaculture and targeted investment on our coastline.
“I look forward to showing my colleagues the important impact of the Common Fisheries Policy and the challenges faced by fishing communities in Ireland,” Mr Kelly said ahead of the visit which he will host in conjunction with MEP Liadh Ni Riada.
Members of relevant stakeholder groups can contact Mr. Kelly’s office at [email protected] for more information on the delegation’s meetings.