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CETA deal ‘a bad deal for Ireland’ – Kenny

1 November, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal Martin Kenny has described yesterday’s signing of the CETA agreement as a bad day for the Irish Agri-Sector.

Speaking from his Constituency office in Leitrim, Deputy Kenny said:

“The CETA deal is a bad deal for the Ireland and it is disgrace that the Taoiseach will not allow a Dáil debate on the issue.  By allowing deal go ahead the government is undermining Irish sovereignty. 

“The ‘deal’ brokered between the Walloon Parliament and the European Commission in relation to CETA doesn’t change anything.  The wording has not changed and the Chapter on Investment Protection has not been removed.

"It remains a very bad deal for Irish workers, consumers, and farmers. It is bad for democracy and would undermine the Irish judicial system and the Irish Government should strongly oppose it.

“The impact on the Irish Agri-Sector will be catastrophic; it will allow vast quantities of Canadian beef to be imported into Europe.  Canadian beef producers are not subject to the same high quality assurances and regulations that Irish producers are required to meet.  

“As a result, I believe that Canadian beef products are inferior to our high quality Irish produce and will drive down prices at the farm gate.

“We already seen the Seanad vote to reject the CETA deal, the Taoiseach must urgently facilitate a Dáil debate on this disastrous deal for Ireland.  He cannot disregard the democracy of the Dáil and allow a deal that will have such an enormous impact on the country to proceed without allowing those of us elected by the people to have our say.” 

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