‘Livelihood of fishermen must be protected during bridge implementation’ – Rogers

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
SDLP MLA for South Down Sean Rogers has said that Mussel Fishermen based in Kilkeel must be taken into consideration when the Narrow Water Project is implemented. Speaking to Newry Times, Rogers said, “I was delighted that the Finance Minister announced funding for the Narrow Water Bridge Project. “As our attention turns to implementation of the project it is important that we have respect for the local area and those who rely on it for their income. “In particular mussel fishermen who are largely based in the Kilkeel area must continue to have access to the fishing grounds on the Newry side of the Bridge. “It may be necessary for example to grant aid for their vessels to be modified in order to allow them to proceed safely under the Bridge. These adjustments need to be made sooner rather than later. “I am aware that Louth County Council and Newry and Mourne Council have been working with fishermen affected to resolve this issue and must be supported in their efforts. Rogers added, “While we can all agree that the bridge will bring tremendous economic opportunities to this Island the livelihood of fishermen must be protected during the construction period and beyond.”
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