The former Chairman of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and retired Chief Executive of the Killybegs Fishermen's Organisation, Joey Murrin, has called on the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed, to "come clean" and make things transparent to Irish fishermen so that they know what is going on regarding the Brexit fishing negotiations.

He said the industry needs transparency on the future prospects for this industry, which is so vital to the coastal communities around Ireland.

In a statement issued today, Mr Murrin said he was alarmed after watching British Prime Minister Theresa May say that the United Kingdom had "no problem sorting out the fishing industry."

In his statement, Mr Murrin asked: "Why is there no problem, Minister? What does this statement of the British position mean?"

Mr Murrin said that "Irish fish producers have set up an unholy alliance with other fishermen's organisations in Europe. As far as I am concerned, this is akin to fraternising with the enemy. Have we not learned any lessons by now?

The statement continued: "At the end of the Brexit negotiations it is going to be all the big players around the table; France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, like a pack of hungry wolves sitting around the table.

"All the best of friends, of course, until the final deal is done and then it will be everyone for themselves and grab what they can get.

"Ireland will be left to pick up the crumbs."

He added that "Ireland has already lost 20,000 tonnes of mackerel in 2018, valued at about €20m."

He said that this was a major loss to the fishing and process industries, in particular Killybegs, Burtonport and Greencastle.

Mr Murrin said: "I was shocked by the "zero reaction" of the fishing industry to this loss. Apart from "a few squiggles in the local papers", there was total silence."