Upcoming Events

National | Anti-War / Imperialism

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

offsite link RTE bias: A failure of objective journalism Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/07/16 ? Open Thread Tue Jul 16, 2019 18:00 | Herb Swanson
2019/07/16 17:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link ?Rock ?n roll is dead!? ?Yellow Vests are dead!? ? uncool Western reporting Tue Jul 16, 2019 03:03 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I?m not a huge Pink Floyd fan, but everyone else in the West apparently is ? the album The Dark Side of the

offsite link Reza Pahlavi sells himself at a 98% discount to MBS? propaganda channel Tue Jul 16, 2019 02:59 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog (cross-posted with PressTV by permission) (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He

offsite link We need a moderator, please help! Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:12 | admin-herb
Dear friends, Our moderator Michael has recently left us. We need someone to help us cover his hours. M-F (5days) 3:00pm-6:00pm (GMT) ( 11am – 2:00pm eastern NY time daylight

offsite link Turkey Will Get a Chunk of Syria: An Advantage of Being in NATO Sun Jul 14, 2019 06:30 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The success of Turkey?s takeover of Syria?s most pro-jihadist province, Idlib, is making less and less likely that Syria will be able to

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

offsite link Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights

offsite link NZ Watchdog On Limits Of Free Speech Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 | Human Rights

offsite link US Abortion Restrictions Violating The Human Rights Of Women Thu Mar 14, 2019 15:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Tue Mar 12, 2019 21:51 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link State aid and nationalisation in the EU 11:34 Wed Jul 17, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A leaky ship 10:39 Wed Jul 17, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 17 July 2019 05:41 Wed Jul 17, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Freedom of speech and freedom from consequences 10:12 Tue Jul 16, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Speaking of broad churches 09:02 Tue Jul 16, 2019 | guestposter

Cedar Lounge >>

Government Ramming Through PESCO To Drag Us Into EU Army

category national | anti-war / imperialism | press release author Saturday December 09, 2017 21:56author by pbp - People Before Profit Report this post to the editors

Press Release - People Before Profit - Dec 8th 2017

Richard Boyd Barrett TD, has condemned the government with the support of Fianna Fail for tabling a Dail motion this Thursday for Ireland to join the EU PESCO agreement on advanced military and defence cooperation.
europeanunionarmy.jpg

Deputy Boyd Barrett, who is a member of the Dail Business committee, will strongly protest at the attempt to table and vote on this motion this Thursday despite the fact that this was not agreed at last week’s Business Committee.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said: “It looks like there may be collusion between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to ram through the decision to join PESCO and that it is a “supremely cynical move to dramatically increase arms spending and erode Irish military neutrality, without any public debate, using the cover of the current Brexit drama.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett pointed out that the PESCO agreement requires participating member states to “regularly increase defence budgets and increase the share of expenditure allocated to defence research and technology with a view to reaching 2% of total spending.”

Richard Boyd Barrett said, “This would mean a dramatic increase in Irish Defence spending from the current level of 0.5% (€900 million) to close to €4 billion annually. This would commit Ireland to taking billions away from solving the current housing and health emergencies to spend on weapons. It’s absolutely outrageous that this is being done without any serious public debate whatsoever.”

“It really looks like the government may have done a cynical deal with the EU that, in exchange for European support on the Brexit negotiations, Ireland will sign up to a deal that involves us in a plan to advance the project of a European Army, increasing arms expenditure and significantly strengthening the European Military Industrial Complex.

“A quadrupling of Irish arms expenditure from 0.5% to 2% is every bit as economically and socially significant and damaging as the potential estimated impact of Brexit, yet while there is wall to wall debate about Brexit, there is no public or media discussion about PESCO and the government are trying to ram it through without anyone noticing.”

“We need to ring the alarm bells about PESCO urgently and I would appeal to the media also to start shining a spotlight on this hugely significant and disgraceful move.”

Related Link: http://www.pbp.ie/government_ramming_through_pesco_to_drag_us_into_eu_army
© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy