TD seeks support for Treaty

a‘yes’ vote is good for exports, trade and CAP negotiations.

a‘yes’ vote is good for exports, trade and CAP negotiations.

That’s according to Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who has called on agri-businesses and all those involved in the food and drink industry to back the Stability Treaty.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy added that a ‘Yes’ vote would have a positive impact on exports, trade and CAP negotiations.

“I strongly believe that a ‘yes’ vote to the Stability Treaty is vitally important for the agri-food sector, as it will deliver certainty around recovery, investment and the future of this country. Agriculture is the good news story of the Irish economy at the moment, with bumper exports and major opportunities emerging in China and other markets. If we want to continue to drive this progress, we need to ensure we remain at the core of a strong and stable economy.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy commented, “We need to think about the message we want to send to our trading partners. A ‘yes’ vote will clearly show that Ireland is committed to investment and recovery. It will show that we are serious about taking sensible budget decisions. And it will ensure we have access to the ESM, Europe’s new bailout fund, should we ever need it,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.

She added that thanks to EU membership Ireland has free access to half a billion consumers across Europe. “Many other opportunities lie further afield; we saw from Minister Simon Coveney’s recent trip to China that there is a huge appetite for the world class product on offer in Ireland. The abolition of dairy quotas in 2015 presents a great opportunity to Irish agri-businesses. Maintaining certainty around our currency and capacity for recovery will be really important in making the most of these opportunities,” she said.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said another serious consideration for the Irish food industry is the ongoing CAP negotiation process. Ireland is likely to be hosting the Presidency of the EU during the final stages of the discussions.