Mercosur deal is “nothing less than a sell-out” of Irish farmers - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin spokesman on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Kenny TD, today expressed his support for the farmers protesting in Dublin against the European Commission’s efforts to seek a deal with the Mercosur trade bloc.
Deputy Kenny said:
“We are rightly proud of the standard of our meat produce here in Ireland.
“Our farmers maintain the highest standards and norms, but there is no point in talking about free-roaming, grass-fed Irish beef when the EU is prepared to go to such countries and Brazil and buy beef.
“It is nothing less than a sell-out of Irish farmers and all those who are rightly concerned about climate change.
“Brazil’s new president began his term by firing his environmental spokesman for being too militant. His government is forging ahead with the destruction of the Amazon rainforests too.
“It is blatant hypocrisy then to be imposing high standards on Irish farmers while doing deals to buy beef from such a regime through a deal with Mercosur.
“Talk of reducing the national herd here is hollow when there seems to be no problem in dealing with a state which has 230 million cattle and there are 53 million more in Argentina and where standards are low and often unmonitored.
“The credibility of the European Commission is weakened by doing deals with Mercosur and Commissioner Hogan must stand up and defend European farmers from price competition from sources whose standards leave much to be desired.”