Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Minister gives two fingers to Irish neutrality

9 February, 2006


Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea has “stuck two fingers up to the Irish people and to all who value Irish neutrality.” Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking today after the Minister announced his decision to give the go ahead for Irish Troops to participate in EU battle groups.

He said, “In making his decision to give the go ahead for Irish troops to participate in EU battle groups Minister O’Dea has just stuck two fingers up to the Irish people and to all who value Irish neutrality.

 “Sinn Féin has vehemently opposed the notion of Irish participation in EU battle groups because of the serious implications involved for Irish neutrality and for the roll of the United Nations in international affairs. The purpose of the battle groups is to serve the interests of Europe’s military and economic elite. Their existence and operations will undermine and sideline the United Nations ability to lead peacekeeping missions.

“A recent study from Finnish and Swedish military experts on the equipment of EU battle groups confirms Sinn Féin’s argument that the battle groups are not just about peace keeping.

“The Minister must reverse this decision and pursue a policy of actively promoting UN primacy in all international missions involving the deployment of any troops.” ENDS

Connect with Sinn Féin