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Cllr Shane O'Brien hosts TTIP meeting in Dún Laoghaire

27 May, 2015 - by Shane O'Brien

Dun Laoghaire Sinn Féin Councillor and General election candidate Shane O'Brien has successfully hosted a public meeting on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Lynn Boylan MEP for Dublin spoke at the meeting that sought to inform the community about the potential impact of TTIP on jobs and democracy and the huge significance of the upcoming EU parliament vote on the issue on the 10th of June.

Speaking at the meeting Cllr O'Brien said:

“It was great to have our Dublin MEP, Lynn Boylan here to speak to the impact and the significance of this potential free trade agreement between the US and Europe.

“The trade agreement in its current format represents a bad deal for Ireland. The deal has the potential to undermine the democratic process of sovereign nations with the introduction of the ISDS mechanism, which will allow multinationals to sue states if new legislation is deemed to affect current or future profits.

“For example Swedish nuclear energy company Vattenfall is suing the German government after it announced plans to phase out nuclear energy.

“Another example is the Philip Morris tobacco company is currently suing the Australian government over its tobacco plain packaging legislation.”

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