Free Thursday?

A public meeting entitled ‘Are We Heading Towards an EU Army?’ will be held in the ILAS Theatre in Galway on at 7pm.

Next week, 23 EU member states, including Ireland, will put forward a notification to launch the military project Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

During the Presidential campaign, Michael D Higgins said he was worried about Irish neutrality and that the government had a duty to explain why it made the decision to sign up to PESCO.

Hosted by Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP for Midlands Northwest, Thursday’s meeting will explore the issues of Irish neutrality, Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) & EU militarisation.

Speakers confirmed for the meeting include Clare Daly TD; Mick Wallace TD; Catherine Connolly TD; Thomas Pringle TD; Dr Karen Devine, Lecturer in International Relations & EU politics, Dublin City University; Roger Cole, Chairman of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance; and Claudia Hyadt, Campaigner on military policy and member of German Die Linke party.


Luke Ming Flanagan (Facebook)

Previously: EU Army on Broadsheet

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15 thoughts on “At Unease

  1. Increasing Displacement

    We need to be able to defend ourselves from rogue states like ….em…Brexitland?

  2. Ollie Cromwell

    Of course there’s going to be an EU army.
    The EU has made no secret of its intentions.
    Just like they want harmonisation of EU taxes.
    It’s called the United States of Europe.
    Good luck with that.

  3. Joe Small

    This old chestnut. Sinn Féin have been saying this was coming since the 1986 Single European Act. Then the Maastricht Treaty was definitely going to mean European army conscription. The Amsterdam Treaty was also the last stray, while the Nice Treaty definitely meant a EU Army. The Lisbon Treaty would inevitably result in an EU super-army.
    I’m still waiting. How many times can you cry “Wolf” and people still look up? More times than I realised.

      1. ReproButina

        Given how many times we’ve been scaremongered about a European army it’s hard to see this as anything more than another excuse to whip up fear. Does PESCO remove the triple lock?

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Not completely.
        Varadkar has secured agreement with the RAF that it will patrol Irish airspace in the event of a terrorist attack.
        And,of course,Ireland benefits from the GCHQ spy facility.
        You’d think he’d show a little gratitude in return even though Shannon Airport has played its part in US/UK military strategy for years – all those rendition flights and re-fuelling stops.
        Britain – still looking after Ireland after 900 years.
        Freedom mehole.

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