Minister Bruton’s comments on TTIP nonsense – Matt Carthy MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has today criticised the Minister Richard Bruton in relation to comments he made at yesterday’s Joint Oireachtas hearing on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
“The comments made by the Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise in relation to the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism contained in TTIP are laughable.
“The Minister asserts that the mechanism, which allows private corporations to sue national Governments for potential loss of revenue or profits, will not interfere with the right of Governments to regulate.
“This is the same mechanism that has been used in other countries to prevent Governments from introducing minimum wage legislation, enacting public health measures on smoking and examining the environmental impact of Fracking.
“How can the Minister say that such a mechanism does not interfere with the rights of Governments to regulate when all the evidence suggests otherwise?
“How can the Minister arrogantly dismiss the concerns of millions of people across Europe who have clearly stated that they do not want an ISDS mechanism included in TTIP?
“How can the Minister really expect us to believe and trust in him when he signed his name to a letter supporting ISDS over 8 months ago, prior to the review undertaken by the Commission, without recourse to the Irish people or the Oireachtas?
“It is an insult for the Minister to come before the Oireachtas and peddle this nonsense to our elected representatives tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that our interests are protected.
“The reality is that the Irish Government has done absolutely nothing to protect Ireland’s interests during the course of these negotiations and have simply sided once again with the elite of Europe.”