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Government sleepwalking into TTIP Disaster

Sinn Féin Councillor Maurice Quinlivan has accused the Government of sleepwalking into signing up to a disastrous free trade agreement between Europe and the USA.

The Limerick City and County Councillor, who will be standing for Sinn Fein in the upcoming General Election said " At the weekend a quarter of a million people protested in Berlin over the prospect of the European Union signing up to TTIP, a new free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe. Here at home politicians have nothing to say about this deal even though it will have disastrous consequences for Public Services, Healthcare and Farming."

 "TTIP should be a major election issue but establishment politicians from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour would rather it wasn't brought up for discussion."

 "TTIP will open up sectors like Healthcare and Transport to enforced privatisation, whilst also lowering standards to farming, forcing more people to abandon the family farm in the face of competition from the U.S. It will allow the free market to run amok, regardless of the consequences to local communities here at home, and will further curtail the right of workers to be represented by trade unions."

 "The fact that only people on the Left are highlighting the dangers of TTIP tells you all you need to know about the empty rhetoric of Government politicians who would prefer to pretend they know nothing until after the deal is signed. We have enough "Yes Men" politicians when it comes to Europe. What we need now are politicians who are prepared to stand up for the rights of workers and small farmers here at home"