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Taoiseach challenged on militarisation of EU following appointment of senior British securocrat

4 February, 2004

Speaking during Taoiseach's Questions in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin leader in Leinster House, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin, challenged the Taoiseach to state whether or not he 'actively and unreservedly' supported the militarisation of the EU in light of the appointment of a leading British securocrat from the MOD to head up the EU armaments agency.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The Taoiseach and his colleagues have repeatedly attempted to rubbish claims that his government is co-operating in the militarisation of the European Union. What is his reaction then to the establishment of the EU armaments agency - or the European Defence Capabilities Agency as it is also being referred to? And what is his reaction to the appointment in recent days as head of that agency of one Nick Witney, the Director General of International Security Policy at the British Ministry of Defence?

"In a week when both the Bush administration and the Blair government have been forced to concede inquiries into the web of lies which were used to justify their war in Iraq, does it not speak volumes that a British international securocrat has been appointed to head up this new EU military body? In the words of the Draft EU Constitution does the Taoiseach "actively and unreservedly support" this aspect of the EU's so-called security policy?" ENDS

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