Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Concern over EC WTO proposal - Govt

Oh dear, it seems the Irish government has had to admit that the EU's latest agricultural direction might prove harmful to Irish national interests. Fancy that.

From RTE:

"Ireland still has very serious concerns about the latest proposals from the European Commission tabled at the World Trade Organisation negotiations, according to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin.

"Speaking after Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson briefed Foreign Ministers in Brussels this morning, Mr Martin said the proposals were unbalanced and unacceptable to Ireland.

"He said 'the risk of serious damage to European agriculture from an unsatisfactory WTO deal must be of grave concern to everyone in Europe, producers and consumers alike.'"

Wow, you mean to tell me that the European Union is not taking Irish concerns to heart? Surely that can't be right? After all, the Lisbon Treaty campaign from the government has centred on how beneficial the European Union has been to Ireland, rather than the Treaty itself.

The really sad thing in all of this folks is that government ministers like Mr Martin will still call for a Yes vote, even though it's plain to see that Ireland needs more of an input in European affairs, which the Lisbon Treaty will NOT offer us.

The simple reality is if you want Irish interests to be protected, then vote No to Lisbon. I expect there will be a great many farmers who do precisely that in June.


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