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Carthy to host Delegation in Brussels to discuss impact of EU US trade deal on Ireland

15 April, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy will this week host an Irish delegation to Brussels to discuss the impact of the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Ireland.

Speaking in advance of the delegation, Carthy said:

“I am delighted to host a diverse group of trade union activists, elected representatives, farming representatives and community activists from across Ireland who are hugely interested in the potential impact of the proposed TTIP on Ireland.

“The delegation will be arriving in Brussels on Thursday and will meet with a number of key officials and experts in a series of engagements scheduled over two days.

“There will be a series of meetings outlining the potential impact of TTIP on the Environment, Public Health, jobs and growth and on Agriculture.

“The Delegation will also have an opportunity to meet with officials from the Directorate Generals in trade and agriculture to hear details of the proposed agreement and outline any concerns.

“The TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will have huge consequences for Ireland and it is vitally important that we ensure that the interests and concerns of Ireland are brought to the table and addressed before the talks conclude.

“In particular, there are significant concerns of the impact this deal could have on the environment, on worker’s rights, food safety and the Irish Government has already admitted that the Irish Beef Sector will be adversely impacted.

“I look forward to meeting with the delegates in Brussels and working with them to ensure that the issues surrounding TTIP are brought to the fore and thoroughly debated in Ireland.”

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