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Gabriel’s comments today signal the end of TTIP - Quinlivan

28 August, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan has said that comments today from Germany's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, that TTIP has essentially failed, are hugely significant.

TTIP, a free trade deal being negotiated by the United States and the European Union, is a cause of huge concern owing to the potentially catastrophic consequences for Irish jobs and exports. 

Deputy Quinlivan said: 

“TTIP is not a good deal for Ireland, it was shrouded in secrecy from the beginning and today’s comments from Minsiter Sigmar Gabriel should be a wakeup call to government that their efforts to support TTIP and denigrate those of us who are opposed to this bad deal are clearly failing.

“The Irish Government and many business organisations were unfortunately some of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders of the proposed deal. They championed the supposed benefits whilst scaremongering to deflect from the very real concerns that people have. 

“Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes recently called on US and EU negotiators to finalise TTIP “as quickly as possible” before what he termed “populists” influenced the debate on the controversial trade deal.

“Sinn Féin along with many trade unions, farmers’ organisations, and other interest groups have had a huge concern about TTIP and its implications for Europe, but particularly for Ireland.

“A recently released European Commission impact assessment study on the TTIP trade agreement with the US confirmed fears many people had the about the devastating impact of TTIP on the Irish beef sector, jobs across Ireland and the EU, public health and climate change.

“The Irish state was specifically warned in this report to expect a severe decline in our beef industry, with associated job losses, due to the unfair competition from industrial-scale US agriculture that TTIP would bring about.

“The report also stated that human right to health in Europe would be threatened by TTIP, particularly for the most disadvantaged communities and individuals, which is also gravely concerning. 

“Sinn Féin will remain vigilant on the TTIP and we will ramp up our campaign in the coming months, to ensure the deal which has brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets across Europe is defeated.”

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