Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ireland takes a free ride on the back of Nato as it protects us

US-led Nato troops protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire. The same Nato alliance is also protecting Ireland – while we contribute nothing in return
Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
US-led Nato troops protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire. The same Nato alliance is also protecting Ireland – while we contribute nothing in return Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Neutrality has been the subject of debate recently, both at home and abroad. It was claimed earlier this week that an agreement is in place which allows Britain's Royal Air Force to shoot down a passenger plane in Irish airspace in the event of a 9/11-type hijacking.

Further afield, Russia's recent aggression towards its neighbours has caused Ireland's fellow European neutrals - Finland and Sweden - to rethink their non-membership of Nato.

Because Ireland is located in what is probably the safest place on the planet, far from warzones and countries that might threaten us militarily, there has been no debate here about joining Nato, either in the context of security co-operation on terrorism or on Russia.

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