Stop CETA Christmas Campaign outside the Dáil

Published by Marie Daffe on

December 15th, 2016


Senator David Norris and the protesters. Credit: Comhlámh Facebook

A protest against CETA took place this Wednesday outside Irish Parliament. It was organized by Comhlàmh’s Trade Justice Group and supported by other groups like Friends of the Earth Ireland, Uplift – People Powered Change and The Environmental Pillar.

CETA is the trade agreement between the EU and Canada (more details here). It may soon be ratified by the European Parliament despite little or no public debate on its potential impacts. If it receives provisional approval it will come into force in Ireland – as well as every other member state.

CETA poses serious threats at a number of different levels. First of all being the lack of public debate. But it also threatens environmental, social and public health regulations.


Credit: TD Sean Crowe and his Political Advisor Eric Scanlon joined the protesters. Credit: Comhlámh Facebook

The aim of the protest was thus to draw the attention of TD’s on the implications of CETA and to ask them to encourage the Irish MEP’s to say “No” to the agreement next February. Some of them joined the protest, like TD Paul Gavan, TD Catherine Martin, Ed Davitt (Assistant to Senator Grace O’ Sullivan), Senator Alice Mary Higgins, TD Maurice Quinlivan, TD Sean Crowe with his Political Advisor Eric Scanlon, TD Martin Kenny, Senator David Norris, TD Maureen O’ Sullivan, TD Eamon Ryan and TD Eoin O’Broin.

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Marie Daffe

Marie is a contributor to Green News. She has a Master's Degree in Journalism from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium.