Sinn Fein County Councillor, Seadhna Logan, travelled to Brussels last Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, as part of delegation hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy for trade union activists, elected representatives, farming representatives and social and community activists from across Ireland who are hugely interested in the potential impact of the proposed TTIP negotiations on Ireland.
There was a series of meetings outlining the potential impact of TTIP on the Environment, public health, jobs and growth and on the agriculture sector. The delegates had the opportunity to meet officials from the Directorate Generals in Trade and Agriculture to hear the details of the proposed agreement and outline a number of concerns.
The TTIP will have serious consequences for Ireland and Europe, and it is vitally important that we ensure that the interests and concerns of Ireland are brought to the table.
Cllr Logan pointed out that Sinn Féin has serious concerns regarding the impact of this deal and the unintended consequences it could have on environmental issues, workers’ rights and food safety particularly in the Agri-Food sector.
“Sinn Féin at all stages will push for the best possible deal for Ireland and Europe. Whether that is at home raising awareness of TTIP through our network or by our team of MEP’s tabling amendments and promoting change,” he explained.