18th January

Conditions for non-EEA workers in Ireland's fishing industry is misrepresented, says IFPO

The Irish Fish Producers Organisation has reacted to recent ‘main stream media coverage’ of the ‘Atypical Permission Scheme for Non-EEA Fishing Crews’ in the Irish fishing industry.

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‘We have been given little or no opportunity to give our position and the narrative has been very one-sided. The public will believe there is wide spread abuse of the permit scheme,’ remarked Francis O’Donnell, IFPO chief executive.

On Wednesday February 8, Senator Nash raised concerns in the Seanad, saying the scheme should be reviewed/replaced. (Senator Nash was Minister of State with responsibility for business and employment in 2015 when a scheme was developed to improve conditions of non- EEA workers in the fishing industry.)

In response, Deputy Denis Naughten, on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality Francis Fitzgerald, said he would bring the Senator’s concerns ‘directly to the attention’ of the Tánaiste and would ask that the issue be included in any review of the scheme.

In an email to Senator Ged Nash, O’Donnell said there was ‘no factual basis’ for the recent media accusations:

‘In my view, this could not be further from the truth as most fishing vessel owners are hard-working and law abiding citizens. The IFPO has been at the forefront in the national media condemning any abuses of human rights for both Irish and non-Irish persons working within our industry.'

Full story and letter to Minister Francis Fitzgerald, Inshore Ireland (25/2)

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