Fianna Fáil silence on TTIP deafening- Lynn Boylan MEP
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on Fianna Fáil to state its position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currently being negotiated.
Ms. Boylan said:
“Sinn Féin has been vocal and clear on our opposition to this trade deal and the potentially negative impact it will have on Irish workers, farmers and consumers.
“I have hosted and attended numerous public meetings across Dublin city and county on the issue and the citizens have raised very real concerns regarding moves towards so called “regulatory co-operation”, the secretive nature of the talks and the ISDS mechanism.
“The effects of this deal are not confined to the farming industry and rural areas, although smaller producers and horticulture industries in the north of county Dublin will undoubtedly be impacted by a relaxation of regulations on genetically modified crops.
“Much has been made of how much this deal could be worth to Ireland in monetary terms, but is it not also prudent to consider Ireland’s reputation as a food producer and how this could be irreparably damaged if GM ingredients become common place.
“While Fine Gael has been extremely supportive of this flawed trade agreement, Fianna Fáil has remained uncharacteristically silent on this issue.
“Just because the party do not currently have representation in the European Parliament since expelling its only MEP Brian Crowley, does not mean it can dodge the question about where they stand on a deal that will have potentially far reaching ramifications for workers, public services and food standards.”