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Irish neutrality undermined by Irish Government and Europe- Lynn Boylan MEP

11 March, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has questioned the Irish government’s commitment to protecting Irish neutrality.

Speaking from Strasbourg today Ms Boylan said:

“Yesterday the Irish government voted against a Sinn Féin bill aimed at protecting and maintaining Irish Neutrality.

“The Neutrality Bill would have given Irish citizens the opportunity to insert neutrality into the Irish Constitution, after a referendum.

"Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael's opposition to this Bill comes as no surprise but Labour voted in favour of this same bill in 2003.  I suppose this is another in a litany of ideological compromises made by that party in recent times.

"This Bill is all the more important when you take into account President Juncker’s call for the creation of a Common European Army, a call supported by the Socialists & Democrats Group in the Parliament yesterday.  Perhaps this explains Labour's flip flop on Ireland's neutrality given S&D is its sister organisation and group Labour MEPs in the past were members of.

"The potential creation of a European army is a threat to Irish sovereignty and Sinn Féin raised concerns about this issue prior to the enactment of the Lisbon Treaty.

"The Commission should be focused on creating jobs for young people, on demonstrating transparency in the TTIP negotiations and by making sure anti-discrimination legislation isn’t buried and dismissed."

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