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The Explainer: What’s Ceta, and will Ireland hold a referendum on it?
On this week’s episode of The Explainer, we’re joined by Trinity College Dublin’s David Kenny to examine the EU-Canada Trade Agreement, and how the Irish Supreme Court has thrown a potential spanner in the works of it.
Government must take time to examine CETA judgement, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste said that it wasn’t the result that the Government had expected.
Divisions emerging between Govt parties over amending legislation to ratify CETA
The Supreme Court ruled that ratifying CETA currently was unconstitutional.
Why the letters CETA now spell trouble for the Government
Today’s Supreme Court decision could bring Green unease to a head.
Opinion: Today's ruling vindicates Costello's decision to take Ceta to the Supreme Court
Assistant Professor of Law David Kenny says today’s Supreme Court judgement on the trade deal shows how seriously the highest court took the case.
CETA: Supreme Court rules trade deal cannot be ratified by Oireachtas unless law is changed
If the legislation is amended, a referendum on the matter could be avoided.
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Varadkar refuses to put timeline on CETA Dáil vote but says rejecting it would be 'own goal'
He said that rejecting the deal would send out “the wrong message to the world”
Green TD Patrick Costello loses High Court challenge to CETA trade deal
Ms Justice Nuala Butler said the ratification of CETA was a political question and not a constitutional one.
Sinn Féin Senator Lynn Boylan lodges High Court case against CETA Trade Deal
She is the second Oireachtas member to take a High Court action against CETA.
Trouble in the Suez: Stuck boat highlights globalisation stresses and the unseen labour of ship workers
Experts say the Suez crisis highlights how little we understand about global trade.
Green Party TD lodges High Court challenge over controversial CETA trade deal
The trade deal has divided the Green Party with Costello and TD Neasa Hourigan signalling they will not back the deal.
Green Party Dáil split vote on CETA avoided (for now at least)
The controversial EU-Canada trade deal is to be examined by the EU Affairs Committee.
Jennifer Whitmore: We need a full debate and proper scrutiny of CETA trade deal
The Social Democrats TD argues that there has been more time dedicated to the controversial Canadian-EU trade deal on the airwaves and social media than in the Dáil.
Hourigan says being in the Greens is 'hostile' and 'lots of people would be relieved' if she left
In an interview with, the outspoken TD says she is staying in the party – for now at least.
Green Party Cabinet ministers write to members in a bid to allay fears about the EU-Canada trade deal
Party membership has been told that ratifying the controversial EU-Canada trade deal is “politically important” with Brexit looming.
Neasa Hourigan says efforts to push CETA deal through are 'extraordinary' and 'cynical'
Hourigan told that the current environment in the Green Party is “unpleasant”.
Green Party to push for postponement of Dáil vote on EU-Canada free trade agreement
TD Neasa Hourigan has told the party that she will vote against the motion if it goes ahead tomorrow.
Seán Kelly on CETA: 'Scaremongering with inaccuracies and half-truths is irresponsible'
Anti-CETA campaigners advocate an anti-trade position without presenting the facts, writes Seán Kelly MEP.
Varadkar's 'global footprint' plan aims to double Irish investment, trade and tourism by 2025
The Taoiseach is on a three-day visit to Canada.
Varadkar marches in Montreal Pride Parade alongside Justin Trudeau
The Taoiseach is on a three-day visit to Canada.
Socks, drums and GAA: Government goes 'Full Riverdance' for Trudeau visit
Varadkar was keen to roll out the red carpet (and the themed legwear) for his VIP guest today.
Debate Room: In a post-Brexit world, Ireland needs the Canadian trade pact
Toxic trade deal or necessary agreement? We debate the controversial Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
EU and Canada sign free-trade pact to the backdrop of red-paint protests
Critics see Ceta as a Trojan horse for a larger and more controversial deal between the EU and the United States.
'Ceta has a corporate driven agenda': What Ireland could learn from the tiny region of Wallonia
“The Irish government is the chief cheerleader for this trade agenda,” writes Matt Carthy, who firmly believes it is doing Irish people a disservice.
EU and Canada to sign trade deal tomorrow as Belgian stand-off ends
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the talks with Wallonia “did not change a comma” in the deal.
'Hullabaloo over EU's best trade deal in history makes no sense', says Irish MEP
A French-speaking region of Belgium called Wallonia has voted against the trade agreement CETA – and because of this, the deal will most likely not go ahead.
Canadian trade minister says it's up to Europe to save trade agreement
The Canadian trade deal CETA, which was meant to be signed by EU members next Thursday, is in jeopardy after Belgian region refused to agree.