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Matt Carthy MEP slams sidelining of Dáil on controversial CETA trade deal

21 September, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has slammed the lack of any democratic process regarding the implementation of the highly controversial Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) today.

Speaking today at the National Ploughing Championships, Matt Carthy said:

“There has been a disgraceful departure from democratic norms in relation to this controversial and highly significant trade deal. No debate whatsoever has been allowed in the Dáil about this never mind any vote taken.

“CETA will have potentially far-reaching negative impacts for Irish farmers and small businesses. The inclusion of an investment court provision is in direct conflict with the Irish Constitution.

"Last year the Seanad rejected the ratification of CETA. The EU and the Irish Government have sidelined the Dáil to provisionally apply this agreement. That is unacceptable.

“Sinn Féin does not oppose free trade agreements, but CETA and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are about far more than removing tariffs.

“Measures such as the Investment Court System would give multinational corporations huge power over democratically elected governments and allow them to block progressive legislation that could impact on their profits. This is wrong and not in the interests of ordinary citizens.

“This Fine Gael Government has blocked any Dáil debate on CETA, despite repeated requests from Sinn Féin. 

"They have made the Dáil redundant in the face of one of the most comprehensive trade agreements ever entered into by this country and this is an extremely worrying sign of how this Government intends to pursue Ireland’s relationship with the EU.”

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