Fine Gael damaging Ireland’s interests by pushing TTIP and CETA - Carthy
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that Fine Gael is once again behind public opinion in Ireland and across Europe in relation to the EU Commission’s trade agenda.
Mr Carthy’s comments follow publication of a letter co-signed by Fine Gael Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to EU Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malström asking her to push ahead with the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal and to provisionally apply the equally controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Speaking today as he attended the second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Offaly Matt Carthy said:
“Once again Fine Gael is behind public opinion on the EU’s regressive trade agenda and these dangerous trade deals.
“Only yesterday, thousands of people took to the streets of Brussels yesterday to march in opposition to TTIP and CETA.
“TTIP is not just a free trade deal. It will extend beyond the removal of tariffs to include the opening of markets on investment, services and public procurement and the removal of any so-called ‘barriers to trade’ which include some of our most prized standards and regulations.
“This is a dangerous and anyone who has Ireland’s interests at heart must oppose it. However, this Fine Gael Government is happy to act as cheerleaders for EU Commission’s regressive trade agenda and to reduce EU standards around food, the environment, workers and consumer rights and the interests of Irish farmers.
“The proposed EU-Canadian deal, CETA, contains the same provisions that have led to such great opposition to TTIP. It too must be rejected. Again however, rather than taking a lead in this regard Mary Mitchell O’Connor and the Fine Gael Government are prioritising the interests of others over those of the Irish people.”