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The #FirstWedsDebates Return To Look At The TTIP Deal.

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Pictured is a protest against TTIP and CETA in Berlin. Foto by Jakob Huber/ECI Stop TTIP!

Our #FirstWedsDebates series returns next Wednesday November 5th to look at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Same as last time, the venue is the Twisted Pepper on Abbey St and we’ll be kicking off from 7pm.

TTIP will drive renewal in Europe by supporting renewed growth rates of 1.5% with a boost in economic activity worth €800M! That’s one narrative, the other is that TTIP will undermine our democracy while driving environmental and food safety standards downwards and undermine progress for climate justice. Is it possible that it will do both?

This process has the potential to be a major game-changer for the coming decades, who will benefit, will there be losers and how will all this impact on us in both the Global North and Global South?

The moderator on the night will be:

Noel Whelan, a barrister, author, political analyst and columnist with The Irish Times.


Barry Finnegan is lecturer and Senior Course Tutor at the Faculty of Journalism & Media Communications in Griffith College Dublin. Barry’s areas of specialization are in investigative journalism, and civil society / social movement theory, as well as the international trade negotiation implications of European Union treaties. He is currently compiling the 2014 Griffith Book of Investigative Journalism (Vol. 5) and researching a PhD proposal around Irish civil society’s responses to the processes of globalisation in a European context.

Mark Redmond was appointed Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland in March 2014. The American Chamber is the leading international business organisation in Ireland representing the 700 US companies located in Ireland its mission is to be the voice of US companies and position Ireland as the global location of choice for US investment.

Further panelists to be confirmed. Remember to share your thoughts on the topic using #firstwedsdebates and invite your friends on Facebook.

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