Upcoming Events

National | Anti-War / Imperialism

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link Israel Switching to Air-Launched Cruise ... Fri Jul 30, 2021 22:03 | Arie Egozi

offsite link Afghan Air Force Readiness Already Plung... Fri Jul 30, 2021 20:45 | Stephen Losey

offsite link COVID Religion Brings Back Its Holy Sacr... Fri Jul 30, 2021 18:20 | Riley Waggaman

offsite link Vaccinated Covid Deaths 20X More Common ... Fri Jul 30, 2021 16:50 | Edward Slavsquat

offsite link Israel Used Pegasus Spyware to Bribe Rep... Fri Jul 30, 2021 13:54 | Mehul Srivastava

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Taliban go to Tianjin Fri Jul 30, 2021 15:49 | amarynth
China and Russia will be key to solving an ancient geopolitical riddle: how to pacify the ‘graveyard of empires’ By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia

offsite link Russia and the Olympic Games Fri Jul 30, 2021 13:58 | amarynth
by Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog The world Olympic movement has always been based on the principles of equal and impartial attitude towards athletes – representatives of all states

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/07/30 ? Open Thread Fri Jul 30, 2021 07:00 | Herb Swanson
2021/07/30 06:00:01Welcome 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 Update on the Christian Vignette project Thu Jul 29, 2021 16:03 | admin-herb
Status Christian Vignette Project Description Comments posted to articles under the Sandbox category with a tag of ‘Christian Vignette’ can viewed by all and a selected group of commentators will

offsite link Requiem for an Empire: a prequel Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:44 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar with permission and widely cross-posted Assaulted by cognitive dissonance across the spectrum, the Empire of Chaos now behaves as a manic depressive inmate, rotten to the core –

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Youth power – Don’t ask – Take

offsite link When the establishment betrays the people?s trust Anthony

offsite link The day Eoghan Harris went bad Anthony

offsite link Declining standards in Irish journalism Anthony

offsite link Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

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
© 2001-2021 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