Neutrality

Public Meeting - No EU Army Oppose PESCO Mon 18/12/2017 8PM Wynns Hotel Abbey St Dublin 1

18/12/2017 - 20:00

Public Meeting No EU Army Stop PESCO

 

Public Meeting - No EU Army Oppose PESCO Mon 18/12/2017 8PM Wynns Hotel Abbey St Dublin 1

Speaker: Brid Smith TD (People Before Profit)

 

Irish Anti War Movement condemns the proposal that Irish Naval Service is to participate in EU Naval Force, Operation Sophia

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 APRIL 2017

The Irish Anti War Movement condemns the proposal that Irish Naval Service is to participate in EU Naval Force, Operation Sophia.

The Government has announced that the Dail will be asked to approve the Irish Naval Service changing its role in the Mediterranean from a purely humanitarian mission of rescuing migrants at risk of drowning to a more aggressive military role that includes intercepting and arresting people-trafficking criminals and militias and destroying and sinking their boats. It would appear that this is being rushed through the Dáil at short notice in order to comply with the so-called triple lock, which involves the necessity to achieve UN, Dáil and Government approval for any overseas missions by the Defence Forces. The fact that this new mission has UN approval does not necessarily mean it is appropriate for our Defence Forces.

In 17 March 2011, at the behest of the UK, France and the USA, the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 approved a limited military action by NATO forces in Libya, supposedly to protect civilians in the Bengazi region. NATO and EU military forces went on to abuse this UN approval to effect regime change including the overthrow and murder of the Libyan President Qaddafi, leaving Libya in total chaos ever since. Since there is still no clear Government in Libya, it will be almost impossible to distinguish between boats off the coast of Libya being operated by criminals, militias or Libyan naval or coastguard services.

Irish Anti-War Picket at NATO ships in Dublin

03/04/2016 - 16:30
03/04/2016 - 17:45

Irish Anti-War Picket at NATO ships in Dublin

Sunday 3rd April 2016 | 16:30
Location: East-link Bridge

Six NATO warships are being berthed in Dublin this weekend and are open to viewing by the public. They are part of the 'enhanced readiness NATO Reaction Force'.

The Irish Anti-War Movement regards this as insidious pro-militarist propaganda which contributes to the ongoing undermining of Irish neutrality.

We are calling an emergency protest picket

This Sunday , 3 April at 4.30pm on the Quays at the East-Link Bridge.

We say:
Defend Irish Neutrality!
Keep Dublin port war-free!
Welcome refugees, not warships!

All welcome!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1729016947352039/

Did Aircraft that Bombed Hospital in Kunduz Pass Through Ireland?

Did Aircraft that Bombed Hospital in Kunduz Pass Through Ireland?

Shannonwatch 6th October 2015

 

Reliable reports indicate that the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was carried out by a United States AC-130W aircraft. Shannonwatch call on the Irish government to immediately investigate and clarify if the aircraft involved passed through Shannon Airport or Irish airspace on its way to Afghanistan.

 

“The US hit a very large hospital full of wounded patients”, said Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch. “They killed 22 people, including 3 children, and they continued to bomb the hospital for 30 minutes after MSF had informed the US military that the hospital was under attack. This would appear to be a war crime, and it is one that Ireland may be implicated in.”

 

PUBLIC MEETING-“WHAT IS THE MINDSET OF THE IRISH ARMY’S LEADERSHIP?”

26/11/2014 - 20:00
28/11/2014 - 00:48

GAAW PUBLIC MEETING: WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER @ 8PM

“WHAT IS THE MINDSET OF THE IRISH ARMY’S LEADERSHIP?”

SPEAKER: (RTD.) COMMANDANT EDWARD HORGAN

MEMBER OF VETERANS FOR PEACE

VENUE: RICHARDSON’S, EYRE SQ., GALWAY

More Ministerial Confusion over Sovereign Immunity

More Ministerial Confusion over Sovereign Immunity

Our Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is finding it difficult to explain what sovereign immunity means in the context of the US military use of Shannon. Despite being asked a series of direct questions on the issue by Clare Daly TD, he repeated the mantra that it "is recognised as applying in respect of foreign state or military aircraft". But he didnt say what that means. (See Dáil debate on Military Aircraft Landings here)

Gilmore also seems to have redefined the concept of neutrality. In answering the questions in the Dáil he said that Ireland's policy of neutrality was characterised by "non-participation in military alliances". In other words supporting military alliances is ok with his brand of neutrality.

In fact what he was describing is non-belligerence. Even if Ireland is not taking part militarily in wars being fought by the US or NATO, it is providing support for them at Shannon. Therefore it isn't neutral.

Of course Gilmore will also know that Ireland cannot even claim to be non-belligerent since it has spent million of euros deploying military personnel to the NATO-led war in Afghanistan.

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