Joey Murrin

“His passing leaves a great void, but he can genuinely be proud of what he achieved and his understanding of the challenges facing the sector was deep-rooted and could be matched by few, if any.

“Joey Murrin was born and bred in Killybegs, Co Donegal, fising was in his DNA.  When I succeeded Joey as chief executive in 2000, he was a tremendous source of good counsel and sage advice.

“His loss will be sorely felt and I wish to offer my deepest sympathy to his wife Betty, his children Eilish, Malachy, Edel, Joseph and Alan, but we are all the better for having had the benefit of his sharp intellect, irrepressible drive and far-reaching vision.

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine paid tribute to the late Joey Murrin, describing him as “the iconic leader of the Irish fishing industry, the fishermen’s champion”.

“Joey’s very warm and distinctive voice on Irish radio, arguing the fishermen’s cause, became part of the soundtrack of people’s lives over many years and raised the profile of his industry inestimably.”

Joey Murrin helped to steer and develop Ireland’s fishing industry in the early years of EU membership and played “no small part” in developing the modern fising industry.

“His family and friends can take some comfort…from the successes he delivered over a lifetime of selfless commitments to the fishing industry,” remarked Minister Creed.

‘Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam uasal.’

The team at Inshore Ireland also offer their sincere condolences to the Murrin family, his friends and the wider fishing community.