Emon Ryan did not attend the Green Party parliamentary party meeting on Monday following the SETA controversy.
Some of the participants said that Ryan had a subcommittee meeting and a meeting with two other government leaders and that his TDs had an omnipotent column on the bill.
The free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union was due to be approved in a deal after 55 minutes of negotiations on Tuesday.
Voting will not go ahead until January, after some Green TDs said they would not vote.
If approved, SETA will allow corporates to file lawsuits against the Irish state through the ‘Investor Court System’ for regulatory decisions that could adversely affect climate legislation.
The Green Party convened a parliamentary party meeting on Thursday. There the subject of Seta was briefly discussed.
When it appeared on the dial schedule on Friday, TD Nisa Hurrigan asked how the bill was scheduled in relation to other TDs and leadership. Ms. Hurrigan realized she had not received any response, then contacted the party on Saturday morning and informed them that she would not vote for the bill, after which she contacted party whip Mark Ó Katseig.
We were relieved to hear that #CETA The vote was postponed and a letter was written to the government yesterday asking them to do so.
We look forward to scrutiny, goution consultation and informative discussion on this incredibly important issue.
Read our full letter below: pic.twitter.com/7WlIpoNpTB
– Environmental column (nEnv_Pillar) December 15, 2020
Some green ministers contacted the government at this time, demanding a delay in the vote.
The issue made headlines on Monday when it was revealed that green ministers had not raised objections during the cabinet debate on the SETA bill in November.
Voting was postponed until January after a rich day and a strong meeting between Emon Ryan, Michelle Martin and Leo Varadkar. At that point, Ryan will make sure all his TDs vote for the bill. Sources say that Emon Ryan is clearly disappointed that he failed to get his TDs.
Meanwhile, the Green Party zoomed in and joined the “ugly” parliamentary party meeting.
Some who were there saidThe meeting between the TDs and the senators was full, with colleagues labeling TDs with problems with the bill as “fraudulent” and advocates for the bill arguing that it was “a matter of opinion” whether it was under the “trade deals” program for the Zeta government.
The Green Party’s position on Zeta has not changed significantly since it was adopted at the party convention in 2016 with the resolution “The party will work to reject Zeta in Ireland and the European Parliament”.
Green Senator Pauline O’Reilly had raised the SETA agreement until a parliamentary party meeting on November 13, although some TDs argued that the issue would not be put to a vote in December.
Several councilors have made it clear to TDs that they will leave the party if the party agrees to the deal.
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