Thursday, 14 March 2019
Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed)
Pádraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Fein)
I appreciate that. We have, on a cross-party basis, agreed a compromise today and hope the Minister will meet us halfway and in good faith. We hope he will now engage constructively with the full complement of fishing organisations, every single one of which has opposed the Minister's legislation as presented but has supported the principle of all Irish fishermen accessing Irish waters. The challenge for the Minister is to engage constructively and try to address their concerns. When he has done that, perhaps we will proceed with Report Stage.
I reserve the right to resubmit on Report Stage the amendments I submitted on Committee Stage.