Afri Statement on PESCO and the Commission on the Defence Forces

The debate on PESCO in Dáil Éireann on 5th July has revealed the undemocratic and damaging approach of the Government to the role and future of our Defence Forces.

For decades now, governments have been entering into ever deeper military engagement with an increasingly NATO-directed EU ‘defence’ structure, while claiming that something they call ‘military neutrality’ allegedly hovers unharmed above the fray. Continue reading “Afri Statement on PESCO and the Commission on the Defence Forces”

Taoiseach Sups with NATO Ignoring the Will of the Irish People

Afri deplores Micheál Martin’s eagerness to sup with NATO, a nuclear alliance, at the recent summit in Madrid. An Taoiseach insists that it is necessary to join in such ‘conversations’ with the high and mighty, while dithering about the right moment to engage with the Irish people at last on defence policy.

This is merely the latest stage in a process of furtive acquiescence in NATO-inspired EU militarisation. Continue reading “Taoiseach Sups with NATO Ignoring the Will of the Irish People”

‘A VIVID IMPRESSION’: THE REPRESSED POTENTIAL OF IRISH NEUTRALITY by John Maguire.

Why on earth keep going on about neutrality?  Aren’t we in a bizarre twilight zone, where the governments who systematically undermine neutrality declare it alive and well, while its defenders, frustrated by such hypocrisy, are almost tempted to declare it dead and buried?  After all, what is so special about ‘Irish Neutrality’?

After all, indeed… Continue reading “‘A VIVID IMPRESSION’: THE REPRESSED POTENTIAL OF IRISH NEUTRALITY by John Maguire.”