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Overwhelming lack of support for EU army- Lynn Boylan MEP

29 May, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on the results of a Red C poll, commissioned by the European Movement Ireland that indicates that only 33% of Irish people agree that there should be an EU army.

The Dublin MEP said:

“The government should pay attention to these results as Irish neutrality continues to be weakened by successive Governments.

“This has included decisions to join NATO lead Partnership for Peace (PfP), and the utilisation of Shannon Airport to transport troops to join the illegal invasion of Iraq.

"This poll reflects the results of a similar poll commissioned by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance which indicated that a whopping 78% of Irish people agree that Ireland should have a position of neutrality.

"These polls strongly indicate that Irish people are loathe to support any Irish role in the growing militarisation of Europe, despite the Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker plans for the creation a Common European Army.

“Sinn Féin introduced a bill earlier this year designed to safeguard and protect Ireland’s neutrality but the government refused to support it. Labour’s refusal to support it was somewhat surprising considering the party supported the Bill when it was in opposition.

“The government is not listening to the electorate on this issue and should now make moves to reassure the voters that protecting Irish neutrality is essential.”

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