Sep 122010
 
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Abuse of Irish trawlers?

A complaint to Ireland’s Broadcasting Commission over an Irish television series called “Skippers” has exposed deeply-ingrained abuse and illegalities in the country’s trawler fishing industry that would have brought shame even in the pre-industrial era.

MAC’s UK Correspondent William Redmond investigates

The complainant is the International Transport Federation who believe that RTE, Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster, showed an indulgence to the Irish fishing industry in stark contrast to what is happening in Britain. It goes further by saying: “We believe that the block on cleaning up this appalling situation is at the political level and reflects the power of the fishing industry in Ireland, as indeed does the sycophantic documentary broadcast by RTE.”

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