TTIP concern raised in Brussels

Inishowen Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray raised his concerns about the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations with the European Commission during a delegation to the European Parliament on Friday.

The delegation, which was hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, comprised of Sinn Féin representatives from all over Ireland as well as representatives of farmers groups and trade unions.

The group met with senior advisers from both the Directorate Generals for Trade and Agriculture in the European Commission.

Speaking after the meetings, Cllr Murray said: “We are extremely concerned about the ISDS clause which could allow sovereign states to be sued by international corporations for loss of earnings (Donegal County Council could potentially be sued by a prospective gas company if we were to ban fracking. A similar law in Australia has put their government in a situation where they are being sued by tobacco companies for reducing the sale of cigarettes).

“We are also concerned for our farmers who could be forced to compete with an influx of American produce which doesn’t have the stringent health and safety measures which the EU has. Cheap American beef which is plied with hormones and GM grain could compete with high quality Irish meat.

Colr. Murray added: “We raised these concerns with the European Commission on Friday and outlined the potential negative consequences that could be faced by the Irish people.”