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Mitchell O’Connor must reject ratification of toxic CETA trade deal - Carthy

6 October, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has again said the Dáil should vote on the proposed toxic Canadian-EU (CETA) trade agreement before the Irish Government seeks to ratify it at the Euro council.


His call follows the decision by Seanad Éireann yesterday to oppose the controversial deal.


Matt Carthy said:


“I welcome the passing of yesterday’s motion by the Seanad which shows that political representatives are beginning to wake up to the dangers of this deal for Ireland.


“In typical slíbhín fashion, Fainna Fáil Senators abstained on the motion, but spoke against it, supporting CETA.


“Senators from both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael applauded CETA, repeating the fabrication that it will bring more jobs to Ireland.


“A recent study by Tufts University, using the UN economic model, has shown that CETA will lead to a reduction of the labour income share, wage compression, job losses and net losses in GDP.


“It has also shown that the economic model used by the EU, which assumes full employment and no negative impact on income distribution ignores all the major risks of deeper liberalisation.

“The passing of this motion in the Seanad clearly underlines the case for the Dáil to be allowed to vote on this important issue before the Irish Government seeks to ratify it at the European level.


“CETA, like TTIP, is bad deal which would have serious negative implications for Irish farmers, workers and consumers.

“Through its provision for an Investment Court, it will undermine Irish democracy and our judicial system.

“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor can no longer legitimately carry on with her agenda of pushing for provisional application of CETA in the face of real concerns about the violation of the Irish Constitution.


“The Irish Government’s position in support of this deal is wrong and their intention to ratify it at the Euro council before any Dáil vote is fundamentally undemocratic.


“Irish citizens are entitled to know where all their TDs stand on this important issue.


“Meanwhile Sinn Féin will consult with progressive European counterparts regarding the most effective way to move forward to defeat CETA.”

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