[Sinn Fein]

4th June 2003

Ferris welcomes parliament decision on Irish Box

Sinn  Fein Spokesperson on Fisheries, Martin Ferris TD has welcomed today's decision  by the European Parliament to reject the Spanish bid to gain access to the Irish Box conservation area. MEPS voted by 334 to 108 to maintain the box. Deputy Ferris said;

``The vote by the Parliament constitutes an important vindication of the position of Irish fishermen regarding the maintenance of the Irish Box. It is now crucial that  the  Commission  takes  note  of this and acts in what is clearly the best interests of Irish fishing and indeed of fish conservation in general''.

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