120 Irish troops to join EU battle group

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RTÉ News: 120 Irish troops to join EU battle group

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.
Relax. Three of the five participants in the Nordic Battlegroup are neutral, including Sweden, the dominant force behind it. I doubt if Norway and Estonia will ever be able to bully us into NATO.
Besides, how can anyone take any organisation which actually spends time arguing about a lion's penis, entirely seriously........................?
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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.
Ireland got no exemption from the mutual defence clause in Article 42(7) of Lisbon.

Experts argued at the time that an exemption was the only way to guarantee that the Treaty does not threaten Ireland’s neutrality.
 

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RTÉ News: 120 Irish troops to join EU battle group

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.

Irish neutrality? We like to mouth off about everyone and everything foreign, take sides and delight in playing foreign policy politics.

This just partially lifts the veil of cute hoorism we draw over ourselves.
 

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Relax. Three of the five participants in the Nordic Battlegroup are neutral, including Sweden, the dominant force behind it. I doubt if Norway and Estonia will ever be able to bully us into NATO.
Besides, how can anyone take any organisation which actually spends time arguing about a lion's penis, entirely seriously........................?
Nordic Battle Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We are also inexplicably part of the German-Czech-Austrian Battle Group it seems, thats a fukkin laugh :roll:
 

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We are also inexplicably part of the German-Czech-Austrian Battle Group it seems, thats a fukkin laugh :roll:
Better than being part of the South Armagh brigade or any other terrorist cell.
 

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Better than being part of the South Armagh brigade or any other terrorist cell.

Ah thats grand then, we can accept our country being occupied by a foreign military and not fight back but we are going to belong to a German-Cezch battle group to kill and die for fukkin what? :roll:
 

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RTÉ News: 120 Irish troops to join EU battle group

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.
Neutrality was always an illusion in Ireland. During WW2 I 'd imagine a stream of information was conveyed to London. The notion of neutrality was fostered deliberately to keep Dev's more hardline supporters in line but the reality was far more nuanced.
 

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RTÉ News: 120 Irish troops to join EU battle group

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.
If you'd been listening during the Lisbon debate you'd have found out that there's no mention of neutrality in the constitution and a country is defined by its constitution.
 

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Neutrality was always an illusion in Ireland. During WW2 I 'd imagine a stream of information was conveyed to London. The notion of neutrality was fostered deliberately to keep Dev's more hardline supporters in line but the reality was far more nuanced.
You are right. Devalera could not not have brought this country into WWII without starting another civil war. But we adopted an Irish neutrality solution for an Irish neutrality problem. We were neutral on the Allied side. Not that it did us a lot of good.
 


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