June 19, 2023
Neutrality should be enshrined in the Constitution – Matt Carthy TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Matt Carthy TD, has said that Irish neutrality should be enshrined in the Constitution, as well as given specific provision in the European Treaties.

Teachta Carthy said:

“The underinvestment in our Defence Forces by successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments is one of their many failures.

“It is a failure that leaves the State unable to defend its neutrality, and it is little wonder that those same parties now want us to align further with military blocs to undertake tasks they have rendered the Defence Forces incapable of doing.

“Further such alignment puts our neutrality and our independent foreign policy at risk.

“Sinn Féin want to rebuild our Defence Forces so that we can protect our neutrality, defend and monitor our skies and seas, and protect ourselves from modern threats; including cyber-attacks.  

“Alongside this, in order to safeguard our neutrality into the future we want to ensure our neutrality is enshrined in the Constitution. I have no doubt that the Irish people would endorse this position in a referendum.

“We must also seek specific recognition of the role of military neutrals in the European Treaties to ensure that we can safeguard our neutrality within the EU.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

People here pay their taxes and deserve first-class public services.

Finance Minister Caoimhe Archibald met with the Treasury today on behalf of the Executive to continue our efforts to secure fair funding for health, education, and public services.

After over a decade of cruel

The government has given NO additional investment for building badly needed homes across the state.

Today is a missed opportunity to take a real step in tackling the housing crisis and shows how out of touch Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are with workers and families.

Summer Economic Statement delivered by a government that is out of time and out of road - @PearseDoherty

"The State has the resources to tackle the problems that workers and families are facing – what is lacking is political will."

Myself and @ClaireKerrane raised the emergency case of Tori Towey with the Taoiseach seeking urgent intervention in her situation.

The system in Dubai, rather than protecting this Irish citizen chose to detain and charge her.

She wants to come home.

The Taoiseach must

Load More