Sinn Féin’s motion, which calls for the rejection of the Mercosur deal and for the Irish Government to form an EU alliance against the deal, passed despite Fine Gael voting to protect the deal.
Speaking today, Deputy Stanley said:
“Today’s vote by the Dáil to reject the EU-Mercosur deal must be respected.
“The Irish parliament has spoken and it has called on the Irish Government to reject a deal which is bad for farmers, bad for the environment and bad for consumers.
“The Dáil has also called on the Irish Government to immediately begin forming alliances with other countries within the EU to vote against this deal.
“Such an alliance is essential considering the fact that Ireland has no veto on this deal as a consequence of the Lisbon treaty.
“Last evening, outside the Dáil, hundreds of farmers and several environmental groups protesting together calling on the Government to reject this deal.
“Today, we have the majority of the Dáil voting to mandate the Government to reject this deal.
“It’s time that this Government started to listen to what others have to say. They need to treat this vote as binding and take action.
“It’s time for Leo to listen farmers who know a lot more about farming that he does. It’s time that Fine Gael took on board the advice of climate action groups.
“Today must be a turning point for farmers and for our environment.”