EU smashes the Irish fishing fleet with penalties after alleged rule breaches.
EU has sanctioned penalties against the Irish fishing fleet after it was alleged they were not reporting their catches correctly.
Irish Eurosceptic Ray Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, reacted to the EU’s decision.
Mr Bassett told the Express: “The penalty that the EU Commission has imposed on the Irish fishing fleet is just the latest measure to undermine the industry.”
“It is absolutely outrageous that they have imposed this draconian measure without outlining in any way the detailed charges or given examples of any suspected illegalities.”
“The real crime here is the expropriation of the bulk of Ireland’s fisheries resources by Brussels and then giving them to Spanish, French, Dutch, etc. interests.
“It is estimated that Ireland has lost hundreds of millions of euro in catches and downstream processing from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
“No wonder that Euroscepticism is strong among Irish fishermen.”