Undermining Irish Foreign Policy and the United Nations

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On his arrival at the Brussels summit of EU leaders this week, Taoiseach Simon Harris stated that the Irish government had plans to abandon the “Triple Lock” and to support further moves towards EU militarisation.

This statement by Mr Harris indicates an ideological shift to the right and an attack on Irish neutrality that may help to undermine the United Nations itself. The government’s case for ditching the “Triple Lock” rests on the contention that the Security Council of the United Nations is deeply flawed, and a hard to imagine concern that our sovereignty is now endangered by the Veto held by the five permanent members here.

According to Roger Cole of PANA, attempting to run a large international organisation that is constantly being undermined by the United States regarding itself as the sole super-power, that can disregard the interests of lesser members, in an evolving multi-polar world, this has not made for smooth operational development. Working through the United Nations is not easy, and everyone agrees on the need for reform, but there can be no reason for giving up or helping to undermine this important global structure.

And what would be the result of making the momentous change in foreign policy that ending the Triple Lock would signify? Irish troops fighting Russia in Ukraine under the guise of defending international law, as laid down in propagandist terms? Or perhaps Irish military involvement in North Africa, defending French commercial interest under an EU flag? Or maybe Irish forces might be required to assist German forces on the borders of Israel?


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Tom Crilly, Communications Officer, PANA,

Roger Cole, Chairperson, PANA,

Padraig Mannion, Irish Language Spokesperson, PANA,

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