Carthy to Launch Postcard campaign to highlight growing concern with EU- US Trade Negotiations
Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy will launch a TTIP postcard campaign today (Tuesday) at the National Ploughing Championship in Stradbally, Co Laois. The postcard campaign seeks to highlight the growing concern of the public in relation to the ongoing trade negotiations between the European Commission and the US and ensure the Irish Government
Speaking in advance of the launch, Carthy said:
“I am delighted to be here at the National Ploughing Championship to engage with members of the farming industry right across Ireland.
“Our TTIP stand has been quite busy so far and I expect to engage with a significant number of farmers over the next few days on the topic of the TTIP negotiations.
“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) represents a serious threat to Irish Agriculture, in particular the beef industry.
“Despite the concerns outlined by the various farming organisations and other sections of civil society, the Irish Government have been slow to respond to the growing concerns in relation to these negotiations.
“In fact, a FOI request submitted by my office requesting details of the correspondence between the Minister and the European Commission in respect of the negotiations has been refused outright by the Department of Agriculture.
“The fact that the Department is not willing to release even one document in respect of TTIP under FOI raises serious questions as to the transparency of these negotiations and the accountability of those tasked with ensuring our interests are protected.
“If the Minister really was doing all in his power to protect the future of Irish agriculture under these negotiations, it is my view that he would be anxious to avail of the opportunity to provide reassurance to the farming community.
“It is my view that the Irish Government will not act to protect Irish interests in the course of these negotiations unless forced to do so by growing pressure from the public.
“Therefore, I urge members of the public and the farming community to take part in this campaign to highlight the concerns surrounding TTIP and ensure our Government does not accept a trade deal that is not in our best interests.”