Statement by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine on Gaza and Israel

The Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine (IAAC-P) is a coalition of 23 Irish civil society organisations representing a collective membership of over one million people across the island.

We mourn, without reservation, the taking of all civilian life, in Gaza, in Israel and across the occupied Palestinian territory; and we condemn all unlawful acts which deliberately target or recklessly endanger civilians, including all acts of collective punishment against a population under siege. Continue reading “Statement by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine on Gaza and Israel”

Freedom to Choose? Report on the Consultative Forum on International Security Policy

The controversial ‘Consultative Forum on International Security’ of June 2023 was set up by the Minister for Foreign Affairs – but to what end? This detailed report, prepared by a  working group of StoP (Swords to Ploughshares) looks at the 4 days of the Forum in detail.  Included is a preamble, setting the scene, and a substantial set of conclusions which can be drawn from the current situation regarding neutrality and security and what the Forum did and did not consider. Continue reading “Freedom to Choose? Report on the Consultative Forum on International Security Policy”

Afri Condemns Latest Betrayal of Neutrality by Irish Government

Afri joins with the broad range of peace groups in roundly condemning the latest move by the Government to involve Ireland further in NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine, against the letter of our Constitution (Art 29) and against the expressed will of the Irish people. Afri is appalled at the arrogance of this government and the contempt that it shows for the views of the majority of Irish people.

In its recent ‘Consultative Forum’, assurances were given that Ireland would not formally join NATO but this is shown to be no more than empty rhetoric given that we are involved in doing almost all that NATO membership would entail. Given the proud record of former Fianna Fáil Minister Frank Aiken in promoting peace and disarmament Micheál Martin should hang his head in shame for his utter betrayal of this policy and his willingness to jump to the command of the pushers of war in Europe. Given that war presents the greatest threat to the survival of our planet, the Green Party’s collusion in this policy makes a mockery of any proposals they make regarding tackling global warming and climate change.

We are sad to hear the news of the untimely death of Sinéad O’Connor and we extend our sincere sympathy to Sinéad’s family and friends. We fondly remember her contribution to our Féile Bríde gathering in 1995, the beginning of the 150th Anniversary of the commemoration of An Gorta Mór.

She performed her song ‘Famine’, a word which she used, appropriately in inverted commas, with its powerful lyrics:

And if there ever is gonna be healing
There has to be remembering and then grieving
So that there then can be forgiving
There has to be knowledge and understanding.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam

Mary Minehan and Sinéad O’Connor at Féile Bríde in Kildare in 1995. Photos by Derek Speirs.

“A Force For Good? Reflections On Irish Neutrality” Documentary

In the wake of the Irish Government’s imbalanced, ‘Consultative Forum on International Security Policy’ this film provides a vital contribution to the discussion on the importance of Irish neutrality and its role as the bedrock of Irish foreign and defence policy. Even today – especially today – as war rages in so many areas around the world and as two nuclear armed ‘superpowers’ actively engage in a proxy war, the world urgently needs voices calling for, and countries working towards, de-escalation, demilitarization and disarmament.

Ireland should be that voice! A Force For Good ?

Online book link: https://www.afri.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Irish-Neutrality-WEB.pdf