Brokenshire’s arrogant claim to Lough Foyle must be challenged by the Irish Government – Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to challenge the latest pronouncement from the British Government on the ownership of Lough Foyle.raymond-pearse-padraig2-450x339

In response to a parliamentary question, the British Secretary of State for the North, James Brokenshire asserted that his Government’s position remains that “the whole of Lough Foyle is within the UK”.

Senator Mac Lochlainn said:

“This is an arrogant and provocative pronouncement from James Brokenshire but unfortunately it is a repeat of previous pronouncements and again and again, previous Irish Governments have failed to sort it out.

“I am calling on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan to immediately challenge this assertion on behalf of the Irish people.

“I am also calling on Minister Flanagan to clarify what is the status of the negotiations between the two governments on the ownership of the Lough.

“The Loughs Agency tasked with responsibility for managing Lough Foyle by both governments have been repeatedly calling for a resolution so that the real tourism and fisheries potential of the Lough can be fully realised.

“Minister Flanagan also needs to clearly outline why agreement has not been reached to date.”