EU-Canada trade deal part of 'perfect storm' for beef sector
Everyone's favourite prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has hailed the European Parliament's recent approval of the EU-Canada trade deal.
He travelled to the Parliament's second seat in Strasbourg for the occasion, applauding the trade pact as a blueprint for the future.
But the deal has split Irish MEPs, with Independent Marian Harkin warning it was part of a "perfect storm" gathering over the beef sector, alongside Brexit and other EU trade deals.
Ms Harkin vote against the deal, as did Sinn Féin's three EU deputies and Independents Nessa Childers and Luke Ming Flanagan. Fine Gael's four MEPs voted in favour.
Ireland's 11th MEP, Brian Crowley, did not vote.
"There is a lot of talk about jobs created but nobody is looking at job destruction and the enormous challenges that will be faced by the beef industry," Ms Harkin said following the vote.
"This is a perfect storm for beef producers in an already depressed market," she said of the deal, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
The agreement will allow Canada an extra 50,000 tonnes of tariff-free beef exports to the EU.