Yesterday's Dail vote rejecting the EU / Mercosur trade deal is very significant, as it sends a strong message to the Government that Ireland must reject this deal.

That's according to Midlands-Northwest Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy.

The Sinn Fein, calling for the rejection of the Mercosur deal, was carried by 84 votes to 46, with Fianna Fail deputies backing the motion.

On Wednesday, over 1,000 beef farmers demonstrated against the deal outside Leinster House.

MEP Matt Carthy says this trade deal is a bad deal for Ireland, farmers and the environment, and he told Midwest News that the Dáil vote puts pressure now on the Irish Government to do all it can to stop this deal..

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