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Government acting as PR Agents for European Commission on TTIP – Carthy

27 March, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking today from the launch of the Copenhagen Economics study commissioned by the Irish Government into the effects of the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Dublin Castle, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has said that the Irish Government is acting more like a mouthpiece for the European Commission rather than a sovereign Government.

Carthy said:

“The reality is that there are serious concerns over aspects of these trade negotiations among trade unions, farming groups, environmental groups, NGOs and civil society across Europe and in Ireland.

“These negotiations have, by and large, been conducted in secret and some information has only become available to public scrutiny as a result of leaked documents and interventions from the European Ombudsman.

“The report produced by the Government today has done absolutely nothing to reassure the Irish people that this Government is looking after the interests of the Irish people.

“The Government have not identified any red line issues for Ireland during the course of the negotiations and this report admits that the Irish Beef Sector is under serious threat.

“The report is based on a flawed CGE research model, which independent analysis shows does not take into account the social costs of free trade such as job displacement, which some commentators suggest could be up to 1 million across the EU as a result of TTIP.

“The Irish people have heard all the spin before – we have been promised jobs under Lisbon, now each family in Ireland has been offered a windfall under TTIP.

“Independent analysis has shown that the projected economic benefits of this deal are not based on the realities of the global economy  and are unlikely to come into fruition.

“It is time for the Government to wake up to the threats contained in this deal, present the real facts to the people and ensure that Ireland’s interests are fully protected in these negotiations.”ENDS

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