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Government Establishes Taskforce on Allegations Regarding Treatment of Workers on Irish Fishing Trawlers

Following a decision at Cabinet today (Tuesday 3rd November), Government has decided to immediately establish an inter-departmental taskforce to examine the wide range of issues identified in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper report regarding the treatment of workers on board Irish fishing trawlers.

To address the complex issues arising, the taskforce will include representatives from the Departments of Justice, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Transport, Tourism and Sport and Agriculture, Food and Marine, as well as the Attorney General’s office, relevant agencies and An Garda Síochána.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD will chair the taskforce. The first meeting will be held this Thursday 5th November to formulate a co-ordinated and effective cross Government approach to the matter.