Speaking during the course of this afternoon's Statements on the World Trade Organisation Talks in the Dáil Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan said that Ireland must be a voice for justice and fairness. "The only proper policy this government should adopt in the negotiations at Cancun is one of moral leadership," he said.
Deputy Morgan said: "If we are to believe media reports, the coming WTO talks are crucial to not just the future of the Irish economy, but that super omnipotent force "international financial markets" and the cause of "free trade".
"As a republican it reminds me of the Irish Volunteers who in the 1780s used their military strength as a bargaining chip to force the British Government to repeal the repressive Corn Laws and allow free trade between Ireland and Britain. It wasn't just our trade that was held to ransom by this and other British economic policies - it was our people who were forced to endure poverty, deprivation, malnutrition, starvation and death. Looking today at the realities of international financial markets we can clearly see that other nations, other peoples of the world are now enduring the same type of economic oppression.
"It is for this reason that the only proper policy this government should adopt in the negotiations at Cancun is one of moral leadership. We must be a voice for justice and fairness. We must be a voice for redressing the inequalities that our economic policies are imposing on other nations today. This means taking positive steps like acting on food export subsidies, taking down tariffs on goods exported from developing states and making our international companiesresponsible." ENDS