Tough talks are continuing on with EU trade agreements, particularly with Canada and the US.
The proposed agreements could offer new market opportunities for Irish agri-food products.
But critics say they will lead to the lowering of health, social and environmental standards in the EU, and hand corporations too much power.
The US deal is far from finished, but US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Brussels last week that the agreement - known as the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, or TTIP - was "a priority", particularly in the light of the recent Brexit vote. [read full story]