A new £30m trawler bought by a Kilkeel family is an expression of confidence in the future of fishing, according to industry leaders.

However they say it will not be seen in Northern Ireland waters because of a lack of investment in harbour infrastructure.

The 86m-long Voyager is too big to land its catch at Kilkeel Harbour.

A proposed expansion of facilities there has not materialised despite extensive lobbying.

The boat was built in Denmark for the McCullough family who are from the County Down town.

It is likely to operate out of Killybegs in County Donegal, fishing for herring and mackerel.



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