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Fine Gael extremism on Irish neutrality exposed - Carthy

9 March, 2018 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that a policy document published today by Fine Gael’s four MEPs seeks to tear up Ireland's military neutrality and exposes their extremist and dangerous far-right position on European security. 

Responding to the publication Matt Carthy said: 

“What is crystal clear form today’s publication is that the Fine Gael MEPs are seeking to tear up Ireland's long-standing and proud position on military neutrality.  They have also openly embraced a dangerous far-right position on security with the proposals at the core of this paper. They are now clearly extremist on this issue.

“Brian Hayes, Mairéad McGuinness, Deirdre Clune and Sean Kelly have proposed abandoning Ireland’s triple lock to give the Government the power to deploy Irish troops as part of military missions which do not have UN approval. This disgraceful position, albeit covertly developed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for some time, would officially overturn decades of Irish foreign policy and which would eventually see Irish resources deployed at the behest of NATO on military operations which have no support among the Irish people.

"Shamefully, this Fine Gael document also advocates a turning away of refugees, abdicating our international responsibilities and giving succour to the xenophbia and racism of the far-right.

“Fine Gael MEPs propose spending billions on military defence at a time when the Fine Gael Government is failing to provide the most basic of services for many of its citizens

“Leo Varadkar’s Tgovernment has consistently claimed that Irish neutrality is not threatened by the new European military agreement (PESCO) but the honest intent of his party is exposed by the document published today by his extremist MEPs"

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