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Mercosur deal a sell-out of the environment and Irish farmers - David Cullinane TD

23 August, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment David Cullinane TD has said this morning that the Taoiseach’s comments on the Mercosur trade deal are to be ‘welcomed', but that 'it’s a pity he so cheaply dismissed the concerns of Sinn Féin others when we tabled a motion calling for its rejection in the Dáil.’

Teachta Cullinane said:

“The Mercosur trade deal is bad for Ireland and is a blatant example of climate hypocrisy.

"It is a deal that flies in the face of the EU’s concerns about climate change, with the European Commission intent on pressing ahead with a deal involving Brazil, whose President has committed to destroying the Amazon and the indigenous communities who live there in order to increase the profits of a few small millionaire beef exporters.

"This is a policy that will continue - and worsen - if the Mercosur deal is approved.

"It also represents a sell-out of Irish farmers and all of the main farming organisations across the island have consistently opposed this deal because of the serious impact it will have on Irish agriculture.

“The Taoiseach’s comments today in respect the Mercosur deal are to be welcomed, but it’s a pity he so cheaply dismissed the concerns of Sinn Féin and others when we tabled a motion calling for its rejection in the Dáil.

"The Taoiseach needs to state categorically that he opposes the Mercosur deal, that he will work towards its rejection, and in respect of the ongoing destruction of the Amazon he should call in the Brazilian Ambassador to Ireland and put on record our utter disgust at the practice of burning the Amazon and illegal logging supported by the Brazilian President."

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