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    Ireland/US Trade

    Ireland/US Trade

    The European Union and the United represent 60% of global GDP, 33% of world trade in goods and 42% of world trade in services. Last July talks began to set up the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Ireland has certainly prospered within the European Union but our recent experience has shown how beholden we are to it. What effect would such an arrangement with the United States have? Grant Aldonas is the former US Undersecretary for International Trade under George W. Bush and is in Dublin as ...
    Trade and Human Rights

    Trade and Human Rights

    Trade and human rights – not a happy mix. There has been criticism of the Taoiseach and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton for not raising concerns about human rights on their recent visit to Saudi Arabia. For his part the Minister said in the Irish Times this morning that trade trips are not the place to bring up human rights. So how does it work? How does one raise such concerns – Noel Dorr a former Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs agrees it is ‘difficult thing’ to do but it must be done and he spoke to ...


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