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Doolan - EU Constitution is a threat to our neutrality

21 April, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin Spokesperson on European Affairs and Representative for Dublin South East Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today slated the proposed EU Constitution, "as a charter for militarism and a direct attack on our neutrality."

Speaking at today's National Forum on Europe debate in Dublin Castle, Cllr. Doolan said:

"The EU Constitution says clearly that the common security and defence policy would be an integral part of EU foreign policy. This is totally incompatible with Ireland's history of neutrality. If passed the Constitution commits us to joint military ventures far beyond EU borders. These military actions will not require UN sanction and will therefore undermine the UN as the only international forum with a democratic mandate.

"Taken in its entirety the Constitution will see the establishment of a single European Foreign and Defence policy developed by an EU minister. The overall administration costs for this Common Defence And Security Policy will come out of the mainstream EU budget. This will be happening at a time when European government's are cutting back on public spending and here in Ireland we see people waiting for hospital beds. Money best spent on health will be going on weapons of destruction.

Sinn Féin will be campaigning for a decisive No Vote in the forthcoming referendum. I firmly believe that Irish people do not want to see a militarised Europe but rather Europe based on principles of justice, peace and equality.''

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan challenged, "the government to be honest and admit that neutrality will be the price of a yes vote."

The National Forum on Europe meets today, April 21st, 11am St Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle.

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