Tanaiste acknowledges fishing industry is crucial to Donegal

 

The Tanaiste has acknowledged that the fishing industry is crucial to Donegal and that an extension to Brexit talks is needed to secure a viable deal for the sector.

The CEO of the Killybegs fishermen's organisation has recently described ending 2020 without a deal with Britain as an unmitigated disaster.

Meanwhile, EU negotiators feel more time is needed to reach a proper trade deal - a process that has been disrupted by COVID-19.

Simon Coveney was taking questions on Brexit negotiations from Donegal TD Pearse Doherty in the Dail yesterday:

Responding the Tanaiste says it's one of the more difficult issues to resolve but says its vital that we do have a vibrant fishing industry going forward: