Sinn Féin has published the text of a motion on the Mercosur trade deal which will be debated next week.
Party President Mary Lou McDonald TD says that if passed, the motion “should be considered binding” and urged the Taoiseach to “defend Ireland’s interests by voting accordingly at the European Council and Council of Ministers”.
The TD said: “The Mercosur trade deal is a sell-out of family farms and of the environment. Sinn Féin has opposed it for the last five years and we are taking further action by tabling this motion next week."
“Only weeks after declaring a climate emergency in the Dáil, the Government now advances a trade deal which will pave the way for Brazilian beef to come into the EU and for German car manufacturers to flog high emission cars in South America. This flies in the face of commitments to tackle climate change”
“For farming families, the deal in and of itself will create massive difficulties, but combined with the sustained decline in beef prices, Mercosur is devastating news for farmers and the rural economy” she added.
The party have noted that the deal will see the importing of 99,000 tonnes of beef into the European Union (EU) per year, tariff-free, which will devastate the Irish beef industry, while simultaneously doing severe climate damage.