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Sinn Fein seeks constitutional guarantee for Irish neutrality

9 April, 2019 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has today welcomed Sinn Fein’s Dáil private members bill calling for military neutrality to be enshrined in the Irish constitution.

Responding to the bill Lynn Boylan said:

“Neutrality is central to Ireland’s defence policy and has allowed Ireland to develop a reputation as honest peace keepers within the UN structure.

“Despite this, successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments have undermined Irish neutrality. Over the past number of years we have seen Fine Gael support a range of EU military proposals such as the PESCO military alliance and efforts to militarise the EU’s budget such as the €13 billion European Defence Fund.

“It is impossible for anyone to now deny that the EU is attempting to become a military power as policies including the European Defence Fund, Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the proposed European Defence Union show exactly where EU military policy is heading.

“Participation in these EU military structures is not mandatory. By enshrining neutrality in the constitution the Irish government would be required to ensure Ireland does not participate in these efforts to create a military alliance between member states.

“The four Sinn Fein MEPs have consistently sought to defend Irish neutrality from Brussels’ efforts to force member states into a NATO aligned military alliance which will serve the interests of European NATO members such as France and Germany.”


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