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Regeneration of Portavogie

The DUP's Michelle McIllveen brought an adjournment debate highlighting the need for regeneration of the fishing village of Portavogie to the assembly, on 6 December 2011.

The assembly heard that EU fishing quota cuts have had a devastating effect on the village which has been heavily dependent on the fishing industry.

Ms McIlveen appealed to the agriculture minister to put the case for fishermen strongly at the upcoming December council in Brussels next week.

She was joined by MLAs Mike Nesbitt, UUP, and Kieran McCarthy, Alliance, as well as party colleagues Jonathan Bell and Simon Hamilton in emphasising the need for government assistance to help a village in "decay".

In response, minister Michelle O'Neill said that the proposed 19% cut to prawn hauls was simply not sustainable by local fleets, and that she would be putting the "strongest possible case" to EU commissioners to have a rollover of the current quota.

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