Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and MEP candidate for Ireland South, Billy Kelleher TD, says that Ireland must swiftly complete the national ratification process for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Deputy Kelleher explained, “The last remaining hurdle to full ratification was overcome recently, when the European Court of Justice confirmed the compatibility of the investment court system in the agreement with EU Treaties.

Disappointingly, Minister Humphreys in her latest reply to me on CETA is unable to give a time-frame for ratification of CETA in the Dáil. 12 Member States have already fully ratified CETA.  Following the European Court of Justice judgment, we need to send out a strong message that Ireland supports free trade and removing barriers to trade.

“This is essential for Ireland to be successful on the basis that as an exporting country Ireland stands to benefit disproportionately from the potential for expanded tariff free market access. 

“For example, data shows that EU exports to the rest of the world support one in every three jobs in Ireland.

“Strong pro trade MEPs are needed to fight for Irish interests in the European Parliament to support jobs, exports and SME growth. I am calling for the immediate national ratification of CETA,” concluded Deputy Kelleher.