Belgium challenge to CETA

The recent announcement that Belgium is to challenge CETA in the European Court of Justice exposes yet again Ireland’s craven capitulation to the wishes of multinational corporations (MNCs), to whom successive Irish governments appear to be completely in thrall.

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CETAPaul Cotter
Making the CAP Fit

Recently I facilitated a group of farmers from the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) to come to Brussels, to once again engage with Commission officials on the contested issue of land eligibility for CAP payments.

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AgriculturePaul Cotter
Fianna Fáil PMB and CETA

What were Fianna Fáil playing at with their Private Members Bill on allowing the government carte blanche on CETA and all other such major international trade agreements? Has anyone in Fianna Fáil been paying even the slightest bit of attention to the serious concerns and objections raised over those so-called trade deals

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CETAPaul Cotter
Outright Bribery - Drehid Landfill

The money disbursed by Bord Na Móna to local sports clubs in Kildare is nothing more than bribery, OUTRIGHT BRIBERY.

It is a horrible tactic to divide the local community and to leave those who are closest to the dump isolated.  This is as low as it gets in Irish public affairs.

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Groucho Kenny and Brexit.

On the occasion of the Brexit referendum I sat up through the night following the count. As the results came in from the various constituencies and what had been described as the unthinkable became the inevitable, the commentators began the discussion on the repercussions.

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Work Must Pay

As the multibillion-euro farming industry has its annual showcase at the Ploughing Championships, putting its wares and products on display, there is one striking paradox surrounding the industry that must be addressed at the highest level nationally.

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CETA

Prior to CETA, both Canada and the EU applied higher customs duties in the agricultural sector than in any other. The significant drop in tariff barriers instituted by the CETA will thus have the greatest effect on the agricultural sector, with zero-duties now applying to most forms of production

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