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"Simon Harris needs to buck the Fine Gael trend when dealing with the EU"

8 June, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on Minister for Health, Simon Harris to have more courage than his party predecessors when it comes to dealing with the EU.

The Dublin MEP said,

“The European Commission has delayed and delayed on introducing proper criteria to deal with a range of chemicals known as endocrine disrupters.  These chemicals which are found in everyday products including children’s toys and food packaging have been strongly linked to an increase in hormone related cancers such as breast or testicular, reproductive disorders and obesity.

“Under EU Law the Commission were supposed to come forward with criteria for regulating these chemicals two and half years ago.  They then proceeded to further stall the process by starting an impact assessment of regulating the chemicals.

“Sweden, supported by several other Member States such as the Netherlands and Denmark successfully took the European Commission to the European Court of Justice who found last year that the delay was unacceptable.  It also found that the impact assessment was an unnecessary delay as economic effects of regulating potential cancer causing chemicals should not outweigh the need to protect health.

“Today the European Parliament overwhelmingly passed a motion condemning the illegal delay of the Commission.  The question has to be asked though, why are consecutive Fine Gael Ministers of Health silent on this issue?  Why are they not adding their voices to the other Member States in demanding the EU Commission does its job?

“Fine Gael are quick enough to come out and use EU law as a defence when it suits them, but here we have a clear cut case of the European Commission failing to protect the health of Irish Citizens and the silence from Fine Gael Health Minister after Fine Gael Health Minister is deafening.” ENDS

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