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Carthy slams Fianna Fáil support of dangerous EU trade deals

19 June, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has slammed Fianna Fáil’s support for the controversial and dangerous (CETA) and (TTIP) international trade deals which is outlined within their Private Members Bill to be brought to a Dáil debate this week.

Matt Carthy said:

“The latest poorly worded, badly researched, Dáil Private Members Bill from Fianna Fáil is remarkable in only one regard - its support of the controversial and dangerous Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

"Having refused to engage in the debate surrounding these dangerous trade deals for the past number of years Fianna Fáil now present a PMB which is riddled with inaccuracies and fails to provide one argument to back up their support for toxic trade deals with major dangers for vital Irish sectors.

“Last year, the Seanad passed a cross-party motion opposing CETA.  Meanwhile, Sinn Féin has made several requests for a Dáil debate on CETA but the Government has, without justification, blocked any democratic discussion. 

“Considering that the Government has already signed up for the provisional ratification of CETA it would be more prudent of Fianna Fáil to support our call for democratic accountability regarding international trade deals with far reaching consequences for Ireland's economy.

"Instead they submit a PMB which, if passed would provide the government with a blank cheque to continue acting as a cheerleader for the regressive agenda that has led to CETA and TTIP rather than as defenders of the Irish people and our economic needs.

“The facts are that CETA will further distort trade and wealth in favour of large multinational corporations at the expense of indigenous Irish industry.  Small and medium Irish enterprises will be severely disadvantaged. 

“Coupled with other EU trade deals coming down the line, CETA will be devastating for Irish agriculture, farming families and rural communities.

“The Investment Court System included in CETA will give Canadian-based corporations the right to sue national governments in Europe, for compensation for the loss of expected future profits in response to government actions that impact on the company’s activities.

“Fianna Fáil have now lined up with Fine Gael and corporate vested interests globally and against the interests of Irish citizens, Irish farmers and Irish SMEs.

"They have failed to provide one decent argument for their position - it seems once again that Fianna Fáil, like Fine Gael, are simply willing to accept whatever the European Commission presents without thought to the needs of Irish people, the Irish economy or Irish democratic institutions."

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