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Monday 15 September 2014

MEP Mcguinness looking for a cause

Published 13/11/2012 | 12:30

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FINE GAEL MEP Mairead McGuinness is in intent on keeping her 'ear to the ground'.

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With that in mind she embarked on a whistle stop tour of Wexford to ask the people what issues they want her to take up at Europe on their part.

First on the agenda was a tour of three seafood processing plants in Kilmore Quay.

Local county councillor Jim Moore said that the business owners had plenty to discuss with the Minister.

They were eager to ensure that the Minister took heed of the issues which affect their day to day trading on the export market. These included the effect which the outcome of the up-coming negotiation on the Common Fisheries Policy might have on their business.

Similarly, the discards regime came up in the discussion.

Discards, Cllr Moore agreed, is a topical issue given that just a month ago Jimmy Byrne gave away 130 boxes of fish to the policy which under EU fishing regulations he should have discarded back into the sea.

'It's a worldwide fishing problem and she seemed to agree that it must be a priority issue for her,' he said.

Mc Guinness stated that she was committed to working on behalf of firms to ensure support for the continued expansion of their businesses.

All three of the companies are actively expanding their business with a view to accessing a broader international market.

After a morning spent in Kilmore, the MEP returned to town to canvass Wexford voters to vote yes in the up-coming Referendum on the Rights of the Child. Other appointments included visits to the offices of Wexford Local Development, and the Wexford Equestrian Centre.

Cllr Moore joked that following her trip to the Model County the former journalist and RTE presenter left Wexford with a notebook full of opinions and issues from the people of Wexford!

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