Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy yesterday slammed Fianna Fáil’s support of the controversial and dangerous (CETA) and (TTIP) international trade deals. This is outlined within their Private Members Bill to be brought to a Dáil debate this week.
Matt Carthy called the bill badly researched and poorly worded, and described the fact Fianna Fáil are supporting these deals as ‘dangerous’.
He 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).’
He said this comes after a refusal by the party to join in debates regarding the topic, and says their bill is riddled with inaccuracies, "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.’
Carthy also spoke of requests made by Sinn Féin to hold a debate on the topic, which has been refused.
He said, “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.”
He argued that the proposed bill made by Fianna Fáil will now give the government a blank canvas to do what they want with regards the EU trade deals.
He argued that, “Considering that the government have 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."
He said any EU trade deals could lead to the Irish Government being potentially sued by countries such as Canada. He theorized that this could lead to countries suing for compensation for a loss of profits.
Carthy said, “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.”
He concluded by stating that Fianna Fáil in alliance with Fine Gael are putting corporate interests ahead of the interests of Irish citizens and farmers and says the party have not yer provided one solif basis for their position.
Carthy concluded “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."