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# neutrality - Monday 12 November, 2018

Luke Ming Flanagan: If we are heading for an EU army what does that mean for Irish neutrality?

As EU military and defence spending skyrockets, Ireland’s commitment to defence co-operation compromises its neutrality, writes Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP

# neutrality - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

'Ireland needs to invest in its neutral status - is expelling a Russian diplomat the best way?'

Security expert Tom Clonan raises concerns about Ireland’s security and intelligence capacity and the strategic importance of our neutrality.

# neutrality - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Poll: Do you want Ireland to sign up to the EU defence deal? Pesco This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want Ireland to sign up to the EU defence deal?

The Taoiseach has said the deal will not affect Ireland’s neutrality but opposition TDs think otherwise.

# neutrality - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Fine Gael MEP says Ireland needs to re-examine its neutrality ahead of Brexit

Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the EU to implement plans for a common defence strategy

# neutrality - Saturday 22 July, 2017

Ireland has refused 19 applications to carry weapons through Ireland this year

427 applications have been approved.

# neutrality - Monday 9 January, 2017

Shannonwatch asks Shane Ross why 'plane on way to Nato air base' was allowed to stop in Ireland

The Department of Transport has contacted Miami Air about the “circumstances surrounding this flight”.

# neutrality - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Poll: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution?

The Independent Alliance wants a free vote on a bill proposed by Sinn Féin.

# neutrality - Monday 15 August, 2016

Poll: Should Ireland consider changing its position on neutrality? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland consider changing its position on neutrality?

With the news that the UK’s RAF will patrol our airspace in the event of a terror attack, can Ireland really remain a neutral country?

Tom Clonan: Why it's time to have an open and honest debate about our neutrality

Security expert Tom Clonan says any decisions about our status must be taken by the Irish people in a transparent and ethical manner.

# neutrality - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Are we willing to risk Irish lives by sending troops to Mali or Lebanon?

Minister Simon Coveney must address the potential dangers involved in sending Irish soldiers to replace French forces, Ryan McCarrel writes.

# neutrality - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Irish neutrality won’t be respected by the likes of ISIS, so why hold so dear to it?

Ireland will be neutral until the day, unlikely and all that it is, that we require someone else’s military assistance, writes Aaron McKenna.

# neutrality - Friday 20 November, 2015

Poll: Should Ireland change its position on neutrality? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland change its position on neutrality?

The government says its commitment to supporting France in the wake of last week’s terror attacks will not affect Irish neutrality.

# neutrality - Wednesday 23 September, 2015

More than 1,000 airplanes carrying weapons allowed into Ireland since 2014

One TD says Ireland is helping weapons fall into the hands of ISIS.

# neutrality - Thursday 16 July, 2015

Poll: Should Ireland's military come to the defence of EU nations? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland's military come to the defence of EU nations?

If one came under attack, that is.

# neutrality - Tuesday 3 March, 2015

We can see the horrors of war... so how can we still glorify violence?

War stories can gripping, poignant, sometimes even inspiring – but surely it’s time for us as a society to embrace pacifism, writes Prof John Maguire.

# neutrality - Sunday 22 February, 2015

It's high time for neutrality to be enshrined in the Constitution – don't let the government backtrack

At the last election the government received a mandate based on their pledges, and one was formalising a policy of neutrality.

# neutrality - Friday 2 January, 2015

Remember when Ming asked for an aircraft carrier? He's told us why

It was all about Ireland’s neutrality, you see.

# neutrality - Saturday 13 December, 2014

Here are the 30 countries who have landed military aircraft in Shannon since 2009

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Saudi Arabia, USA…

# neutrality - Friday 5 December, 2014

Charlie Flanagan apologises and says this US military plane DID land in Shannon

But does an explanation of “administrative error” raise more questions than it answers?

# neutrality - Thursday 2 October, 2014

TDs and Senators visited Shannon Airport today - to see if the US military should still be there

Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said further assurances are needed from the government that Ireland’s neutrality is not being compromised.

# neutrality - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

The web's founder celebrates its 25th birthday by calling for net neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is asking web users to press each country to develop a “digital bill of rights,” which would protect it from governments and organisations.

# neutrality - Monday 3 February, 2014

Column: We've been given an opportunity to re-think our values as a nation... so what are they?

Where do we stand as a nation on issues like neutrality, aid and inequality? Ireland’s Foreign Policy Review allows us to have our say, writes Hans Zomer.

# neutrality - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Column: Peacemakers like Margaretta D’Arcy uphold the greater moral law

Margaretta, in her peaceful act of civil disobedience, was seeking to highlight our own government’s failure to uphold both Irish and international law. We should applaud her courage, writes Joe Murray.

# neutrality - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Poll: Should Ireland be involved in an EU army? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland be involved in an EU army?

Gerry Adams has said an EU army will eventually be created and that it would threaten Ireland’s neutrality if we were involved in its missions.

# neutrality - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Almost 80 per cent against Irish support for war in Syria

The Red C poll commissioned by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance found almost 80 per cent reject Irish support for a war in Syria without a UN mandate.

# neutrality - Saturday 20 July, 2013

Extract: The 'daily problems' in maintaining Ireland's neutrality during WW2

Confidential documents from the 1940s show that the maintenance of Ireland’s neutrality was going be difficult – and hard decisions on policy would have to be made practically every day.

# neutrality - Sunday 7 July, 2013

Extract: ‘If I were Mr de Valera, I would keep a watch on all ports, communications and wireless in his territory’

A confidential report on a meeting with Neville Chamberlain in 1940 shows the British Prime minister wanted to pass on advice to the then Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera about the threat of Germany.

# neutrality - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Poll: Should Ireland give up its neutrality? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland give up its neutrality?

Ireland’s neutrality has always been an important factor in elections but is it a good thing?

# neutrality - Monday 19 November, 2012

Eurozone members convince Slovakia to drop halos from new €2 coin

Slovakia planned to feature Saints Cyril and Methodius on a commemorative coin – but have been convinced not to include halos.

# neutrality - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Column: Time to ask questions about Irish army deserters during World War II

What do we know about the men who deserted during the war? Noble heroes who fought for the allies, mercenaries who battled the Nazis, or simply men who wanted out, asks Dr Michael Kennedy.

# neutrality - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Column: It’s time for Europe to bomb Assad – and Ireland should help

Ireland should now abandon its ‘triple lock’ neutrality, writes Aaron McKenna. The price of our prosperity is the willingness to stand up for those who have nobody else.

# neutrality - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

MEPs approve Ireland's Lisbon Treaty add-ons

A committee of the European Parliament approves a ‘draft protocol’ dealing with Ireland’s post-Lisbon parliament.