19th March 2015 | Uncategorised

Irish Government approach to TTIP is retrograde and misguided

Treaty will enshrine an outdated growth model that does not value social or environmental capital 
Thursday 19th March 2015, Dublin.
The Green Party has today reacted against the position the Irish Government are taking on TTIP. Minister Dara Murphy’s assertion in Brussels today that huge financial gains were possible for Ireland do not stand up to rigorous investigation.   
Eamon Ryan said: “In supporting TTIP in its current form the Government are promoting an economic growth model that ignores the value of social and environmental capital. Their refusal to listen to the legitimate concerns that are being are being raised about the agreement is highly disappointing. Furthermore, it is shocking that the Labour Party are prepared to gamble with hard-won employment rights in order to further pad the bank balances of the world’s biggest companies, and it only goes to show how far they have drifted from their founding principles.
“Even the figures cited by Dara Murphy to support their position are highly questionable. Several studies into TTIP have warned that the potential gains from introducing it would be marginal at best, and would likely destroy hundreds of thousands of European jobs in the process. This is a deal designed for and by global corporations, with no significant benefits for the ordinary Irish person.
“The Investor State dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in particular are a surrender of Irish sovereignty to corporate interests. They threaten us with lower food standards, fracking in rural Ireland, and intervention by multinational corporations in our health and education sectors.
“The Irish Government have so far ignored the petition signed by one million Europeans opposing passage of TTIP in its current form. It was an unprecedented show of people power in the face of a treaty that has been negotiated almost entirely in secret.”
The UK Green party MEP Molly Cato, who has access to the TTIP negotiating documents,said“What we do know is that 92% of those involved in the consultations have been corporate lobbyists. Of the 560 lobby encounters that the commission had, 520 were with business lobbyists and only 26 (4.6%) were with public interest groups. This means that, for every encounter with a trade union or consumer group, there were 20 with companies and industry federations.”
Ryan continued: “What Europe needs is an entirely new model of economic development. TTIP couldn’t be further from that goal. It is a dangerous precedent that will empower corporations to dismantle European social and environmental safeguards, and the Irish Government need to step back from cheerleading its further progression.”