Neither King Nor Kaiser


Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe reviewing the 58th Infantry Group ahead of their six month deployment to Syria as part of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) last Summer

OK, maybe a Kaiser.

Last night.

A motion on the participation of the Defence Forces in a German-led battle group next year passed in the Dáil.

Irish soldiers will be on stand-by ready to be dispatched to “emerging crises and conflicts around the world”.

Via RTE:

[junior defence] Minister [Paul] Kehoe said: “Participation in the EU’s battle group represents another means for Ireland to express our commitment to the UN and its principles.”

Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers said the party would support the motion because he said Ireland was committed to maintaining peace across Europe

Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó’Snodaigh said that in his opinion sending a battle group into a conflict area to disarm one side is taking sides.

“We are a neutral country; that is not our role and should never be our role in the future,” he said.

Labour’s Brendan Ryan said Labour would be supporting the motion….

There you go now.

Dáil votes to have Defence Forces join EU battle groups next year (RTÉ)


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16 thoughts on “Neither King Nor Kaiser

  1. Jake38

    “We are a neutral country;…..”

    With due respect to the Shinner TD, Ireland is not neutral. Ireland is defenceless.

  2. RuilleBuille

    Ireland is neutral and FG/FF/Lab have been trying to undermine that for the last two decades.

    1. Ger Nalist

      Ireland is neither legally nor constitutionally “neutral”. It chickened out of fighting the Nazis in the Second World War.
      That is all

      1. Al Bin Man


        It’s a historical precedent.

        As good as any law.

        Do you consult Bunreacht before you wipe your bottom region?

      2. GiggidyGoo

        It decided not to stick its nose into something that was not of it’s making and none of its business.

        And neither is this.

        FFGLAB are not going to be happy until this country is attacked in earnest. FFGLAB are a despicable bunch of traitors.

      3. bob_the _builder

        And were our troops invited over to Syria by the Syrian government? nope
        I wonder what would happen if Syrian troops were landed in Ireland ?

    2. bob_the _builder

      Our neutrality blows in the wind
      Now Varadkar signed the document regarding PESCO all that is left is the deployment of our tropps

  3. GiggidyGoo

    Imagine being a qualified professional soldier and having a two-bit salesman reviewing you masquerading as someone of importance.
    Maybe these soldiers should ask for their return trip tickets before they leave. You know – so they have a flight.

    1. Al Bin Man

      What did he sell giggidy? Some sort of farm equipment?

      What did you make of the greyhound poo show the other night?

      1. GiggidyGoo

        I didn’t watch the greyhound program. I had intended to on the player but the reports about it were too distressing in themselves to be honest.

        Sold to farmers alright. I think he used to chew the barley for gummy chickens in the evenings to make an extra couple of quid.

        He’s in trouble next election though as (he only scraped in past time) Verona Murphy will eat into any south Wexford support he may have had.

        1. Al Bin Man

          Isn’t there a strong Green candidate down there now as well?

          Anyway some entrepreneurs out of Camolin were featured on the dog show, moral destitution doesn’t even begin to cover it. You wouldn’t mind if they were actually making a lot of money out of it but they didn’t appear to even have the wit to do that.

          1. GiggidyGoo

            The Greens are badly represented in Wexford. In fact, I had to google the current Green offering for a general election as i hadn’t a clue who might be stirring. Nothing. Wexford itself as a locality isn’t mentioned in the who’s who in the drop down county box on the Green website.

  4. eoin

    On Thursday, our neutrality was whittled down a little further.

    Last Sunday, in “de papers” I commented about the motion that was to be debated.As far as I can tell, no media covered the motion. In fact, I heard RTE last Sunday previewing the week in the Dail and they specifically didn’t mention it. Just like RTE didn’t mention PESCO before it was agreed in the Dail two years ago.

    RTE, quasi-state media alright.

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