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Ó Snodaigh opposes EU Battle Groups

28 March, 2007

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Defence, Aengus O Snodaigh TD, today spoke out against a proposal to approve of plans to establish an EU battle group. The proposal is to be made in a motion put to the Defence Committee in the Dáil this afternoon.

Deputy O Snodaigh said: "If this proposal is approved it will mark a further diminution of what is left of Irish neutrality. It is clear that there is a strong lobby within the EU to create an EU wide army and that this proposal represents a step in that direction. In an interview last Friday the German Prime Minister Angela Merkel stated her wish that an EU army be established and no-one in the Irish Government has contradicted her. Therefore, the logical conclusion is that by proposing to participate in battle groups the Irish Government agrees with plans for such an army.

"Given the current disastrous war in Iraq and indications that similar ventures might be contemplated elsewhere in that region, any Irish involvement in an EU armed force would almost inevitably mean that Irish troops and the Irish people in general will be dragged into future wars. Given that these wars are being fought for dubious motives, it is important that Irish people realise what we are being dragged into and that there is a full and open debate on these issues."


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