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Ó Snodaigh tables neutrality Bill in the Dáil

21 October, 2016 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Defence Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD formally introduced a bill in the Dáil this week that seeks to amend the Constitution in order to strengthen Irish Neutrality. 

Deputy Ó Snodaigh and his party colleague Seán Crowe TD jointly introduced the legislation on Thursday during the ordering of Dáil business and they will seek time to debate the bill at the earliest opportunity.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The Bill we have tabled seeks to enhance Irish neutrality by ensuring the State would strictly abide by a policy of non-membership of military alliances. It would empower Irish citizens by giving them the opportunity to reaffirm the State’s neutrality in a referendum at a time of increasing EU military expansionism.

“We will be urging FG and FF to support our Bill and move away from implementing policies that have for many years compromised our State’s neutrality by allowing foreign militaries to exploit Shannon Airport as a stopover to and from conflict zones.

“This legislation greatly strengthens Ireland’s status as a neutral country by amending the Constitution to ensure the State would be prevented from aiding any foreign powers in preparation for a war unless it had the assent of the Dáil. 

“It is a necessary and an important Bill that allows our citizens to show their support for Ireland’s neutrality by voting in a referendum and my party will strongly campaign to see the legislation enacted.” 

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