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Bring CETA before the Dáil – Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

5 October, 2016 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Fine Gael are doing their utmost to ratify and sign into agreement the EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) without bringing it before the Dáil to discuss its full implications.

Speaking in the Seanad today on a motion which seeks to prevent this happening, Senator Mac Lochlainn said; “Sinn Féin and I have deep reservations about this deal as we had with TTIP.”

“We have fought it and sought clarity within Europe through Matt Carthy MEP but it remains shrouded in secrecy and displays no transparency whatsoever.

“CETA is opposed by European civil society organisations, Trade Unions, Consumer organisations, Anti-Poverty Networks, NGO’s and farming organisations.

“CETA will be bad for farmers, bad for food safety, bad for food quality, bad for society and bad full stop.

“We will do everything we can in Sinn Féin to ensure that CETA will not be enforced on the Irish State in an undemocratic manner and will prevent Fine Gael selling out Irish farmers and the Irish people in the interests of big business."

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