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# pesco

Last year
# Annual Report
Defence Forces units train with NATO and EU partners but retention concerns continue
The Department of Defence and Defence Forces annual report was launched this week.
# Neutrality
Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality
TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he was concerned about recent calls for greater cooperation with NATO.
All time
# the explainer
The Explainer: What's the story with an EU army?
Could an EU army be founded soon? And if so what would that mean for Ireland?
# case for the defence
Explainer: Irish MEPs have been raising concerns of a future 'EU Army' - but is it likely to happen?
Claims around the potential for an EU army have been prominent in the election debate
# European elections 2019
Question: Are you in favour of an EU Army?
No candidate was in favour of a European army.
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
# Pay Up
Leo says Trump is right about one thing - Europe needs to stop relying on the US for its defence
Varadkar says Europe needs to start looking after its own security.
# Interview
Micheál Martin: 'Fianna Fáil will reflect on committee's call for terminations up to 12 weeks'
The Cork TD discusses how the abortion issue will be difficult for his party and how Fianna Fáil hasn’t ruled out running candidates in the north.
Dáil votes for Ireland to join Pesco EU military defence pact
The motion was passed by 75 votes to 42 and was supported by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
# pesco
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.
# European army
'We're being asked to sell out our neutrality': Government accused of trying to rush EU defence deal vote
Some argue Pesco is the first step towards an EU army.
# Criticism
'You're talking about going to war': TDs concerned EU defence deal could lead to Ireland joining a European army
Last week, the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for Ireland to take part in an EU plan.
# defence pact
Taoiseach says Ireland will not be joining a European army
Leo Varadkar failed to rule out Ireland signing up to a joint defence pact with EU countries.