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Government all over the place on Irish tax sovereignty – O’ Reilly

7 September, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly says that the Irish government's support for the TTIP trade deal contrasts sharply with their decision to appeal the findings of the European Commission's Apple Tax inquiry.

Speaking at a Right2Water public meeting in Swords on TTIP last night, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly said:

"On the one hand this Government say the European Commission is infringing on our sovereignty. Yet, the TTIP deal – which Fine Gael MEPs have strongly supported – would see a huge transfer of sovereignty, and a negative impact on Irish citizens.

“The negotiations on TTIP happen far away from the workers, the people and the communities who will be impacted by the outcome. They are shrouded in a veil of secrecy. But this suits the people who are negotiating it.  It suits those corporate interests who set to profit massively from this deal.

“But when we highlight this, we are being heckled. We are being told we are the naysayers. They say that it is only the linking up of economies, that it will create opportunities and make trade easier.  But who is telling us this? Let’s look- it’s some of the same political representatives in our Dáil that are cheerleading multinational corporations in their evasion of paying a decent and fair rate of tax. It is those appealing the apple tax ruling. 

“The same Government that want to appeal the apple tax ruling for fear that the European Commission are infringing on our sovereignty by interfering on our taxation policy- are the same ones who are have no problem with the ISDS- the biggest transfer of sovereignty many of us will see in our lifetimes!

“Let us be clear from the outset. TTIP is not just a free trade deal. TTIP will extend beyond the removal of tariffs to include the opening of markets on investment, services and public procurement and the removal of any ‘barriers to trade’. These so called ‘barriers’ to trade include some of our most prized standards and regulations.

“This deal is dangerous. We need a strong vigilant Irish position to protect Ireland’s interest. Instead we seem to have spiralled into a situation where our government is happy to play second fiddle to the trade agenda of the wider EU bloc. Sinn Fein is opposed to TTIP and will challenge any efforts to try and reduce EU standards around food, the environment, workers and consumer rights.”

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