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Carthy calls on Irish MEPs to reject TTIP Report next Wednesday

3 July, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking in advance of a vote of the European Parliament on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), due to take place during the plenary session in Strasbourg this Wednesday, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has called on Irish MEPs to reject the report coming before the European Parliament.

Carthy said:

“The vote due to take place next Wednesday provides the first opportunity for MEPs to make a clear stand on TTIP.

“It invites MEPs to make a clear choice between the wishes of the people of Europe and the interests of the corporate elite.

“All across Europe, citizens have campaigned tirelessly to voice their huge and growing opposition to TTIP while powerful lobbyists have manoeuvred behind closed doors to influence the powers that be at European level.

“TTIP is not a good deal for Irish citizens. It threatens our environment, our workers, our standards and our democracy.

“The Irish Government has unfortunately failed to make even the most feeble of attempts to defend our interests during these negotiations.

“It has failed to take heed of the report commissioned by Copenhagen Economics, flawed as it is, which clearly states that TTIP is a threat to Irish businesses and Irish agriculture.

“Sinn Féin will not accept a deal which places the interests of corporations and investors ahead of Irish citizens and I am urging fellow Irish MEPs to stand up for Ireland’s interests and reject the report due before the Parliament on Wednesday.

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