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Kenny’s comments on TTIP reveal Irish Government’s weak approach to negotiations – Carthy

25 April, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Responding to comments attributed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the US Ambassador's Residence this week, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has said that the calls for the Taoiseach for the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to be concluded in 2015 highlights the weak approach of the Irish Government to these negotiations.

Carthy said:

“The Taoiseach’s comments clearly show the lack of any intention of the Irish Government to take any steps to protect Ireland’s interests in these negotiations.

“Instead of addressing the legitimate concerns of the Irish people, our Taoiseach has declared that he “will work with our European Colleagues and American connections to get this across the line” by the end of 2015.

“This is despite the fact that Farming organisations, Sinn Féin and even the Government’s own Report has identified a clear threat to one of Ireland’s largest indigenous industries, the Beef Sector.

“It is despite the fact that the IMO has recently argued that TTIP could give powerful lobbyists such as the tobacco industry a helping hand to interfere with the right of Governments to legislate to protect the rights of citizens.

“It is despite the fact that the hugely controversial ISDS mechanism is still under review, six out of fourteen European Parliament Committees drafted opinions rejecting the inclusion of ISDS in the deal, MEPs have submitted 898 amendments to the proposed deal and hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have taken to the streets in opposition to this deal.

“It is despite the fact that, not only has this Government failed to outline any red line issues on behalf of the Irish people in these negotiations, but the contents of this deal have not been debated in any meaningful way in Ireland and have not yet come before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

“Has our Government really got so little regard for the democratic wishes of the people of Ireland and of Europe and the institutions that give effect to those wishes?

“Once again our Government has shown itself to be more concerned with sucking up to the powers that be at any cost rather than representing the Irish people in a fitting manner on the world stage. Our Taoiseach let the Irish people down with his remarks this week; it is now time for him and his government to stand up for Ireland.”

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