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Matt Carthy MEP to address Meath Public Meeting on TTIP

25 June, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy will address a public meeting in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan at 8pm tonight (Thursday 25th June) on the potential consequences of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The meeting is organised by Sinn Féin and will be addressed by Dave Gibney of Mandate Trade Union and local TD Péadar Tóbin.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Carthy said:

“I would like to commend the local Sinn Féin team in organising tonight’s meeting and I am glad of the opportunity to address the audience on the potential impact of TTIP.

“One of the most controversial aspects of TTIP is the inclusion of an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows private corporations sue the national Governments of member states for potential loss of profits.

“It is the means by which Canada has been sued for its moratorium on fracking, Egypt has been sued for attempting to introduce minimum wage legislation and Australia has been sued for its public health measures on smoking.

“97% of respondents to the largest ever online public consultation held by the European Commission vehemently stated their opposition to the inclusion of ISDS in the trade deal and the French and Dutch Parliaments have adopted resolutions against ISDS.

“A petition set up to oppose the inclusion of ISDS has achieved over 2 million signatures and the measure is widely opposed across trade unions, NGOs and civil society across Europe.

“In Ireland, environmental groups, university lecturers, trade unions and public health organisations among others have expressed concern at the inclusion of ISDS in TTIP yet their concerns go unrecognised by the Irish Government.

"There is a need for the Irish Government to act now to protect Ireland's interests in these negotiations. The Irish Government must state clearly that  it will not sign up to any deal which interferes with the right of national Governments to regulate in the best interests of citizens."

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