Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has called on fishery bosses to engage new methods in an effort to end a long-running dispute with local anglers.
He was speaking after meeting Charles Kennedy, Chairperson of the Trout Angler’s Federation of Ireland, in Leinster House in relation to the ongoing dispute regarding fishing rights in the Gweebarra river,.
The Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West said “The dispute between the local Anglers and IFI has been long running now for 8 years and is currently before the High Court.
“The approach of IFI officials in recent weeks has further divided rather than united the parties and, if ongoing, is likely to result in the escalation of the dispute in the coming weeks.
“I am calling on the IFI to step back from the confrontational nature of their dealings with the local fishermen and engage in a different approach.
“I am aware that offers of dialogue have been made by representatives of the local anglers and I am calling on the IFI to accept these offers and enter into meaningful dialogue in order to resolve this issue.
“I intend to make contact with the CEO of IFI in order to discuss this matter in the near future in the hope that appropriate action can be taken to ensure that this dispute can be resolved.”