South Down Sinn Féin delegation take part in Ard Fheis

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
A delegation of local Sinn Féin activists recently travelled to the annual Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Castlebar Co.Mayo, where they took part in debate and discussion that would form Sinn Féin policy for the upcoming year Speaking following the conference, South Down Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard said that the delegation raised a number of issues that affected South Down, including fishing quotas and the Narrow Water bridge project. “I was honoured to speak at the Ard Fheis about the Narrow Water bridge project, and to be able to once again reaffirm our party’s support and commitment to the project, which we have continually pushed for. “The huge benefits of the build to the people of Louth and South Down were obvious to the delegates in attendance who voted overwhelming in reiterating our parties commitment.” Local Sinn Féin youth member, Rachel Rice, spoke on the South Down Sinn Féin motion around fishing quotas, and commended the Minister for Agriculture for the work she has done in supporting local fishermen. “South Down coastal communities are being adversely affected by the ongoing decline in the Irish commercial fishing industry and during this Ard Fheis Sinn Féin has pledged to continue to do all they can in reversing this economic decline. She added, “Local fisheries minister, Michelle O’Neill has already lead the way in this, by securing a 6% increase in the local prawn quota despite a proposed cut by the EU commission of 12%. This positive work has to continue and we intend to do just that.”
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