Ireland’s hardline left receives a lesson in practice as the limits of our neutrality are exposed
No wonder Mick Wallace feel blessed with Russia. The Wexfordgrad tycoon cheated on taxes, was found not paying workers’ pensions, owned overseas vacation property, owned his own football club, and gifted a mansion and vineyards for family members.
The behavior of Independent MEPs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly is drawing national attention as they balance opposing views on Vladimir Putin and Nato. A motion by the European Parliament condemning Russia’s invasion and proposing to speed up Ukraine’s membership in the European Union was overwhelmingly approved last week. Just as the late Bishop Ian Paisley shouted at Pope John Paul II when he addressed the European Parliament in 1988, there are dissenting voices and two of them from the island.
Only 12 MEPs voted against the proposal, including Wallace, who represented Ireland South, and Daly from Dublin. Even an empire’s invasion of Ukraine won’t make them mainstream.
Daly, the brain behind the operation, interprets this movement too favorably for Nato and the more complicated situation. At least they are consistent. The European Parliament also passed a motion criticizing Russia’s military build-up before Christmas. Chris McManus of Sinn Féin and Grace O’Sullivan and Ciarán Cuffe of the Green Party also disagree. Once the invasion occurred – and voters really began to notice the positions of the parties – the Greens and Sinn Féin scrambled for the comfort of consensus.
From trips to Iran to support the rebels, Daly and Wallace have certainly used their democratic mandate. In the event that other left-backs are exposed, the traitors remain consistent. Their critics should remember that they were democratically elected to represent Ireland in Brussels.
Forget Mary Lou McDonald. The most likely hardline leftist during the recession was Clare Daly. She set out to reform Garda by standing up for accusers before others stepped in. She also influenced the Eighth Amendment repeal debate by adopting abortion rights legislation, though her uncompromising approach yielded no middle ground.
Unfortunately, she turned her wagon over to Wallace, selling off that credibility. Who knows where People Before Profit or the socialist movement will now be if she stays with them. Surely they have lost a highly effective executive, whether you agree with her point of view or not.
The private school’s fiercely debated society led TDs in Dáil to receive a real-life lesson from the school’s teacher, Michael Martin, last week. Fed up with Richard Boyd Barrett and Paul Murphy loitering about Nato while condemning the Russian invasion, the Taoiseach hit back.
“I question the moral equivalence that the deputy minister draws, and has drawn for weeks in a row with other deputies, between what Vladimir Putin is doing and the actions of its member states. NATO. It’s fundamentally wrong,” he said.
“Every country in Europe, regardless of being a member of NATO, does not want war and has done everything to prevent it, such as the chancellor of Germany at the eleventh hour going to Russia again,” he said. added.
“Morally, I can’t stand it without calling it out.”
Putin’s invasion of Russia and threats to the safety of the rest of Europe have once again heightened our neutrality, allowing others to defend the Western ideals we hold dear. bond with yourself.
Our location is unlikely to change, but although our geography may have isolated us from the Nazi attack during World War II, modern cyberwars have not. recognize points on a map or country.
Fine Gael’s Charlie Flanagan sounds like Napoleon marching to Moscow as he prophesies “what is worth is worth protecting”.
“As a country, we must be prepared to shoulder the burden of Europe’s defense and security,” he said.
Our neutrality is rightly respected and part of our identity as an independent nation. But its limitations were shown when Ireland was unable to provide military aid to Ukraine to assist against the aggressor.
An entire generation hasn’t really had a say in our neutrality. It last became a major issue in the very first referendum of the Treaty of Nice in 2001, when one of the reasons that Neither Party called for a rejection was its effect on neutrality. The second vote in 2002 saw words specifically exclude participation in collective defense and include comforting language to reinforce our neutral stance.
Meanwhile, our support for conflict-affected countries is limited to contributions from our aid budget. In this regard, Ireland will not pull its weight considering our status as one of the wealthiest countries in the world. A meager seven-figure contribution from taxpayers is being supplemented by contributions from ordinary citizens and sending aid to the region.
Here in Poland, authorities and aid agencies are doing their best but are constantly on the verge of being overwhelmed by waves of refugees. Everyone is expecting the worst to come. Once the conflict reaches western Ukraine, ambulances carrying the dead and wounded will begin arriving at the border. And what happens when Putin then turns his attention to EU members in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, who have embraced democracy since the fall of the Berlin Wall?
Another private student in the south borough of Dublin, Bob Geldof, is often misquoted as saying during a Live Aid for Ethiopia concert: “Give us your money.”
In the absence of any military support, providing more money for the Ukrainian refugee crisis might not be such a bad spell.
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