to comments attributed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the US Ambassador's Residence this
week, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has said
that the calls for the Taoiseach for the TransAtlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to be concluded in 2015
highlights the weak approach of the Irish Government to these
Taoiseach’s comments clearly show the lack of any intention of
the Irish Government to take any steps to protect Ireland’s
interests in these negotiations.
of addressing the legitimate concerns of the Irish people, our
Taoiseach has declared that he “will work with our European
Colleagues and American connections to get this across the line” by
the end of 2015.
is despite the fact that Farming organisations, Sinn Féin and even
the Government’s own Report has identified a clear threat to one of
Ireland’s largest indigenous industries, the Beef Sector.
is despite the fact that the IMO has recently argued that TTIP could
give powerful lobbyists such as the tobacco industry a helping
hand to interfere with the right of Governments to legislate to
protect the rights of citizens.
is despite the fact that the hugely controversial ISDS mechanism is
still under review, six out of fourteen European Parliament
Committees drafted opinions rejecting the inclusion of ISDS in the
deal, MEPs have submitted 898 amendments to the proposed deal and
hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have taken to the
streets in opposition to this deal.
is despite the fact that, not only has this Government failed to
outline any red line issues on behalf of the Irish people in these
negotiations, but the contents of this deal have not been
debated in any meaningful way in Ireland and have not yet come before
the Houses of the Oireachtas.
our Government really got so little regard for the democratic wishes
of the people of Ireland and of Europe and the institutions
that give effect to those wishes?
again our Government has shown itself to be more concerned with
sucking up to the powers that be at any cost rather than representing
the Irish people in a fitting manner on the world stage. Our
Taoiseach let the Irish people down with his remarks this week; it is
now time for him and his government to stand up for Ireland.”