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Ferris: Farming must not be sacrificed at WTO

25 July, 2008 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has called on the Irish Government to ensure that farming is not sacrificed in order to secure a trade deal at the WTO negotiations in Geneva. Ferris was speaking as an agreement on the Doha Round appeared to have stalled over key issues including access to the EU by third country agricultural exports.

Deputy Ferris said: "It is vital that the Irish Government does all in its power to ensure that agriculture is not made the sacrificial lamb in order to secure a last minute deal. Food security, consumer safety and the livelihoods of those involved in all aspects of farming and the food industry demand that the European model of farming is not effectively dismantled in order to allow access by European businesses to third country markets.

"The Government assured us during the Lisbon campaign that they would invoke a veto to invoke should any deal of that nature be proposed. It is vital therefore that should such a threat emerge that Mary Coughlan make it known in no uncertain terms that it is not acceptable. The fact that the Irish people rejected the Treaty of course means that the veto is still in place." ENDS

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