- Oct 26, 2006
The troops will be part of a 1,500 strong Nordic battle group which will be on stand-by for six months for deployment at five days' notice to trouble spots around the world.
RTÉ News: 120 Irish troops to join EU battle groupThe battle group concept was developed less than a decade ago to enable the EU to respond rapidly to emergencies and disasters.
They can be deployed to help stabilise crisis situations and contribute to humanitarian efforts
IMO this does not sit well with the concept of Irish Neutrality. Either we are a neutral nation or not. This issue was brought up in the Lisbon debates as well.