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Colreavy warns of fracking dangers of TTIP

4 February, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Michael Colreavy has called on the government to tackle issues in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Package (TTIP) negotiations.

Speaking following a demonstration at the European Parliament Office in the Dublin, Deputy Colreavy said:

“The TTIP is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. A number of major concerns have been raised regarding what the final details of this agreement could be.”

“One particular concern is an Investor State Dispute Settlement Procedure, which operates outside of the rule of law and allows investors to sue member states as a result of potential loss of revenue.

“This has the potential to impact on the lives of the people of Ireland, especially in the north-west region where fracking companies could sue the Irish government for loss of earnings if the practice is banned here.”

“Sinn Féin have consistently called for a ban of fracking in Ireland and while trying to get the government to ban it we do not want fracking to be introduced by stealth via TTIP either.”

“The government must take a proactive approach to these negotiations and encourage a comprehensive public debate on the issue. The interests of the people of Ireland must be protected from multinational companies.” 

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