April 23, 2024
Voice of Irish fishing communities must be heard loud and clear by Europe – Chris MacManus MEP 

Voice of Irish fishing communities must be heard loud and clear by Europe – Chris MacManus MEP 

 Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands North West, Chris MacManus, has said tomorrow is an important opportunity to ensure that Irish fishing communities’ voices are heard at the heart of Europe. 

 MEP MacManus is to host 14 year old fisherwoman Muireann Kavanagh and her family in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, tomorrow, where she will continue her campaign for fair treatment for Irish fishing communities. 

 MacManus and Kavanagh will take part in a series of engagements with a number of high-ranking MEPs who work on Regional Development and Fisheries, where she will make her case directly to senior EU figures. 

 MEP MacManus said:

 “Our fishing communities deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. Instead, many feel badly let down and left behind by policies from Europe and from Dublin that fail to take into account the reality they face. 

 “Muireann Kavanagh is a young fisherwoman from the island of Arranmore, County Donegal and has been a passionate advocate for the need to ensure a future for young people in coastal and fishing communities.

 “Her own experience of being denied fishing rights in her local community has inspired her fight to secure fair play for fishing communities. I am delighted to host Muireann and her family, in ensuring her campaign will now be brought to the very heart of the European Parliament. Muireann and I will take part in a number of engagements tomorrow and on Thursday with senior EU figures, where she will make her case directly to MEPs responsible for Regional Development and Fisheries. 

“I am committed to ensuring that fishing communities’ voices are heard loud and clear in Europe. Sinn Féin are determined to be a strong voice for fishing communities and deliver the change they need.”  ENDS

MEP MacManus on ferry to Arranmore

MEP MacManus presented with Muireann Kavanagh’s Fishing Line at Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada

MEP MacManus raising Muireann’s story in the European Parliament

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