T.D Mary Lou McDonald addresses the Dáil on Tuesdsay, (July 2nd) in opposition to the Mercosur agreement.
“We in Sinn Féin have been calling on you in Fine Gael to withdraw support for this mandate for the past five years,” she said, quoting the Taoiseach’s position that if the deal is good for Ireland then he would support it.
She continued to point out that all of the main farming organisations and stakeholders across the island oppose the deal, particularly in respect of Beef, but also in the poultry and pigmeat sectors.
“Their criticisms are well-founded Minister, because tariff-free quotas amounting to 99,000 tonnes of beef, 180,000 tonnes of poultry and 25,000 tonnes of pigmeat are bad news for each of those sectors.”
“They are bad news in and of themselves but, when combined with the sustained decline in beef prices over the last number of years, and also, as you have acknowledged the unfolding risk of Brexit, well then indeed farming families across this island are quite right to call you out on this bad deal”.
“I think it can be best described as a sellout of Irish farmers and their families, and of rural Ireland as a whole.”
The TD continued to point out that it “beggars belief” that Ireland, who is encouraging people not to eat beef, due to the climate emergency would import beef from Brazil who has committed to destroying the Amazon and the communities who live there in order to increase the profits of a few small millionaire beef exporters.
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