MP calls for referendum on Ireland’s military neutrality – EURACTIV.com

MP calls for referendum on Ireland's military neutrality - EURACTIV.com

An Irish MP on Wednesday (February 16) demanded that the country’s long-standing principle of neutrality in international affairs be incorporated into the constitution through a general referendum.

Irish MP John Brady’s call during a debate in Dale on Wednesday following the release last week of a report recommending a major overhaul of the defense forces.

It concludes that the continuation of the current approach would result in the Armed Forces’ lack of credible military capability to protect Ireland and its people and resources in the long run “.

The report shows that the Armed Forces “is in a great crisis,” said Brady, who also criticized Secretary of State Simon Coweny for failing to implement reforms to address the problem.

Brady called for a referendum to incorporate the principle of military neutrality, which has been the official Irish policy for almost a century, into the country’s constitution.

Ireland’s neutrality has been highlighted in the debate by other legislators, often in the context of calls for increased military spending.

“We raised the flag of neutrality, which prevented us from investing in the tools and capabilities that are the hallmark of a military-neutral nation. Brendan Howlin.

Coweny described the report as “far-reaching, sharp, challenging and comprehensive in its assessment”, adding that he was “committed to seizing this opportunity to further develop the defense forces.” “I hope this document will encourage a debate on the defenses we need as a modern and neutral European country,” he said.

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