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Two former Army officers have been quoted recently as saying Ireland's defence is in worse shape than before the Troubles.

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Ireland has been successful as outsider to get Russia to move a military exercise during this crisis.

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Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said the war should prompt "an honest rethink" of Ireland's security and defence policy and spending (the lowest in the EU). Others, however, have called for greater protection of the principle. In February, a leftwing lawmaker from the People Before Profit party proposed a referendum to codify the policy into the constitution.

Despite the rhetoric, polling suggests there is little public appetite for abandonment of the principle.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal when he visited Ireland on 20 April but has not made the journey abroad. Instead, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney visited Kyiv on 14 April, meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

Irish government rejects proposal to codify military neutrality in constitution

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 7th, 2022 at 12:07:28 PM EST

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