Adams calls for Irish government strategy to oppose EU-Mercusor trade agreement

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that farmers in Louth face a “significant new threat to their livelihoods as a result of the new EU-Mercusor Trade Agreement”.

Gerry Adams described the international agreement between the EU and the four South American nations of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay as a bad agreement for Louth, a bad deal for the island of Ireland and a bad deal for our farming sector”.

Teachta Adams said:

“The EU-Mercusor Trade Agreement will seriously damage an already struggling Irish beef industry and our rural communities. The farming and agri-food sectors, which already face enormous difficulties as a result of Brexit, will be put under even greater threat as a result of a deal which opens the EU up to cheap beef imports from south America.

Imports of beef from the Mercusor states will rise to almost 370,000 tonnes. Moreover, at a time when the EU and its member states have prioritised climate change this deal will encourage states with a poor record of protecting their environments and a record of deforestation. Farming organisaitons have already expressed their concern that these states do not have the same standards of traceability, animal welfare, or food safety.

The government must vote against this deal when it comes before the EU Trade Council. But crucially, because the Irish government has no veto, and to pass the deal needs just 55% in a qualified majority vote, the government must urgently seek allies in an effort to block this treaty from coming into effect.”

Note:

Under Trade Council rules the Treaty requires aQualified Majority Vote. This means that 55% of member states representing at least 65% of the EU population have to vote for the EU-Mercusor Treaty for it to pass. A minority blocking an agreement from going through must include at least four council members representing over 35% of the EU population.

Louth Agricultural Show Hugely Important To Louth

Gerry & Imelda at BellurganLouth TD Gerry Adams and Cllr Imelda Munster  attended the 2015 Louth Agricultural Show which is held each year by the Dundalk Show Society.

For the third year the show was held in Bellurgan Park, on the Carlingford Road.

Teachta Adams and Cllr Munster were joined by Councillor Jim Loughran, Councillor Edel Corrigan and party activist JJ Quigley.

Speaking after the event Gerry Adams said:

“The Louth Agricultural Show is one of the great events of the year in this constituency. It has existed in one form or another for 126 years. A remarkable achievement.

The Louth Agricultural Show provides an opportunity for the farming and rural community to showcase their work during the year and the enormous contribution they make to the economy of County Louth. It’s also a fun day out for all the family.

I want to commend the organizers and all of the participants”.

Cllr Munster said “This year the proceeds from the show will go to S.N.A.P. (Special Needs Active Parents). This is a very worthwhile and important cause helping families and children with special needs.”

 

SF Team at Bellurgan