Protect Irish Neutrality!
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On the evening of the 7th of December, Leo Varadkar with the backing of both Fine Gael and Fine Fáil, pushed through a vote that would see Ireland join PESCO, Europe's permanent structured defence force. With no opportunity for public debate whatsoever, the motion was passed by 75 to 42 votes, but it has yet to be signed into law, he might not consider the opinions of the people of this country important, but we have a right to have a say, and we will!
This extremely undemocratic move by the Fine Gael government makes clear their intentions for Irish neutrality and Irish democracy and sets an uncomfortable precedent for the future of both in this country.
Irish neutrality has been a hallmark of the Irish Government policy since the formation of the State in the 1930s, and it has, even long before that been intertwined with the fight for Irish independence and democracy. It was advocated by Wolfe Tone as far back as 1790 and it is a proud characteristic of Irish identity, today.
The first Lisbon Treaty referendum was voted down in June 2008, with fears that this eventuality would occur and Ireland would be dragged into a European army, but the government ignored these well founded fears and called a second referendum, reaffirming the connection between democracy, neutrality and Irish Independence – all of which were threatened then and continue to be, today.
We will not allow Leo Varadkar and his Government to undo the hard-won victories of the past, nor will we tie our future generations into foreign wars that they have no part in declaring. The fight for Irish neutrality is the same fight for Irish democracy and Independence, we will not sit by as they are threatened by the very people who were elected to safeguard and protect them.
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