Fine Gael stance on Neutrality 'bizarre' – Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan, MEP for Dublin, has criticised Fine Gael after its four MEP's voted in favour of a European Parliament report advocating possible military action in the Black Sea Basin following the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Ms Boylan said:
“I don't understand Fine Gael's logic in voting in favour of this report. Ireland is a neutral country, and this neutrality is compromised by support of a document which effectively condones military action in the Black Sea Basin.
“The report recommends possible mobilisation of European naval and airspace assets to the Black Sea and calls on NATO to continue to develop its cyber and missile defence capabilities. It also urges the Commission to support the Member states to increase their defence budget to 2%.
“Fine Gael abstained from voting on many amendments concerning this report, with Seán Kelly citing Ireland's position of neutrality. As a result, I find it utterly bizarre that they supported the overall report seeing that it completely contradicts their earlier position.
“I am calling on Seán Kelly, Brian Hayes, Deirdre Clune and Mairead McGuinness to clarify their position, and justify their rationale for compromising Ireland's neutrality in this way.”