Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael cannot be trusted on Irish neutrality - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has said Fianna Fáíl and Fine Gael cannot be trusted to defend Irish neutrality. She said ‘It is clear that an EU Army is being created and they are putting an EU defence fund of €13 billion in place to help bring it about. The reality is, if it talks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it is a duck.”
Lynn Boylan said;
“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are cut from the same cloth when it comes to Europe. They want further integration and further militarisation and their groups in the EU Parliament are strong supporters of an EU Army.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael say they support neutrality but every single thing they have done for decades proves the exact opposite.
“They have repeatedly opposed legislation to enshrine neutrality in the Irish Constitution. They signed up to PESCO - a military alliance.
“The Lisbon Treaty, was brought in on Micheal Martin’s watch. In the Oireachtas he said that it would have no impact on Irish neutrality. In 2017 the Head of the Commission disagreed when he described PESCO as the Sleeping Beauty of the Lisbon Treaty.
“Fine Gael MEPs also bizzarely voted in favour of an EU wide commitment to spending 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defence. That would mean increasing the government’s defence budget to almost €7 billion – that is the equivalent of building more than 20,000 homes.
“It is clear that an EU Army is being created and they are putting an EU defence fund of €13 billion in place to help bring it about. We already know this will lead to major cuts to Agricultural funding and Cohesion funding.
“They are not in the real world. They cannot be trusted to defend Irish neutrality because when it really matters – they don’t support it.
“Sinn Féin believes in positive neutrality and support Ireland’s long and honourable history of United Nations peacekeeping. Sinn Féin MEPs will fight to defend it."