Can we rely on the EU to fight our corner in Brexit fishing talks?

Michael Gove’s shot across the bows brings Ireland’s ‘challenges’ into sharper focus

Seagulls gather around a boat unloading their catch in Killybegs. Photograph: Brian McDaid

Seagulls gather around a boat unloading their catch in Killybegs. Photograph: Brian McDaid

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was snapped exchanging a “high five” with New Zealand flyboarder Beau Weston from the deck of the State’s research ship Celtic Explorer in Galway at the weekend, “Seafest” organisers couldn’t conceal their delight.

Seized by the zeitgeist, the Taoiseach enthused about the economic potential of the marine, noting that the sea area we “control” is 10 times our land mass.

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