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May 22, 2014
The Government lost a vote in the Seanad yesterday evening on a motion on CETA (which is a trade deal between the EU and Canada).

Government Seanad defeat as FF abstain in Higgins trade motion

The usual suspects are all over social media today heralding this as some sort of major victory.

Does it actually mean anything?

There is no requirement to put EU trade deals before the Oireachtas as far as I can see. We have veto at EU Council level, but the Government can use that at its discretion.

The proposers of the motion are claiming that it prevents the State from "provisionally implementing" the agreement, whatever that means.

Sounds to me more like the Seanad is just doing what the Seanad does best: blowing seven kinds of smoke.

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