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Neutrality must be enshrined in Constitution – Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

8 June, 2018 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Defence, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has today called for the principle of Neutrality to be enshrined in the constitution, and has stated that Sinn Féin intends to introduce a bill to the Dáil before the recess in order to protect neutrality.

Speaking at the publication of the parties proposals on the issue of neutrality, Teachta Ó Snodaigh said:

“Neutrality has earned the Irish state significant good will abroad and is essential to our ongoing positive relationship with other countries.

“Successive Governments have consistently acted to undermine the principle of neutrality that has been well established since the foundation of this state.

“Since 2002 and despite the overwhelming public opposition to such a measure, Shannon Airport has effectively been used as a forwarding base for the US military.

 “Most recently, Fine Gael MEPs have produced a policy document that argues for the abandonment of our neutral position and full participation in an EU military alliance.

“Unsurprisingly, the current Fine Gael led government has not disassociated itself from such proposals and has furthered Ireland’s involvement in the EU military alliance, PESCO.

“It is clear that this Government cannot be trusted to protect neutrality and I believe it is time for the Irish people to have the final say on this matter.

“Sinn Féin will introduce a bill to the Dáil before the recess in order to protect neutrality.”

ENDS

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