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CETA would inevitably lead to more price volatility for farmers – Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

25 October, 2016 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn  has once again criticised the ongoing efforts of particularly Fine Gael Ministers to railroad Ireland into signing up to the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).

Speaking in the Seanad today, Senator Mac Lochlainn said “It is quite ironic that you have the Minister for Agriculture in here today listening to concerns about price volatility while they are cheerleading for this deal which will flood the market with an extra 50,000 tonnes of beef which will inevitably create more volatility.

“I also ask that the democratic decision of the Seanad be respected when it voted to reject CETA just a few weeks ago.

“I welcome the efforts of the regional authorities of Belgium which are resisting the signing of this deal at all costs.

“The IFA travelled to Brussels last week to ask the EU to reconsider this deal. If our farmers are against it, then why are our Government determined to see it being signed. Irish farmers now need to recognise who are standing up for their interests."

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