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Poppies, PESCO, and the increasing militarisation of the EU

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In political terms, these last few weeks have been depressing. First, we were subjected to the electoral version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (aka the Irish presidency), while thousands of Irish families remain homeless, with no sign of a publicly financed house building programme.

Scrap the presidency or sell it to the highest bidder

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On August 28, the St Vincent de Paul reported a 20 per cent increase in calls for “back to school help”. The same day, the man presiding over the housing crisis, Minister Eoghan Murphy, announced the election date for the most lucrative Irish political post - the presidency - with a salary of €325,507 plus untold expenses.

Trump’s dealings with Europe and beyond belief rescue missions

This has been a tremendously interesting week. Before we begin on our usual chat and conversation, there is one item which is outstanding and which we simply should reflect upon, and that is the rescue of the 12-member boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Ireland's role in America's middle-east military adventures

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Irish Special Forces (the Army Ranger Wing) operated in Western-occupied Afghanistan under NATO command, it was revealed last month, thanks to TD Clare Daly’s parliamentary question. The story received no media coverage. The operational purpose of these troops was not revealed. However, like Special Forces the world over, it was not pencils they were sharpening.

Mladic verdict a reminder of just how close we always are to barbarity

Yesterday morning, we got a reminder of just how close we always are to turning on one another.

Athlone resident appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of Irish Army

Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran, a resident of Athlone, has been appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

Public meeting on Government’s White Paper on defence

The Government’s White Paper on defence has attracted scant media comment, but if implemented, will see Ireland increase military spending, “deepen” its relationship with the EU, OSCE, and NATO, and be required to work closely with the European Defence Agency.

Public meeting on Goverment's White Paper on defence

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The Government's White Paper on defence has attracted scant media comment, but if implemented, will see Ireland increase military spending, "deepen" its relationship with the EU, OSCE, and NATO, and be required to work closely with the European Defence Agency.

 

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