Irish Neutrality

Senator Dr Tom Clonan understands the power of Irish neutrality. His experiences as a UN Peacekeeper in Lebanon during the 1996 Israeli Operation Grapes of Wrath profoundly affected him and helped shape his understanding of Ireland’s importance on the world stage.

Senator Clonan believes that Ireland not belonging to a military alliance remains an invaluable component of Ireland’s foreign policy. He knows that Ireland’s neutrality underpins our international status as an impartial voice for peace, the de-escalation of armed conflict and the non-proliferation of weapons worldwide.

Senator Clonan believes our reputation for peacekeeping gives moral legitimacy to our voice for the international rule of law and the peaceful resolution of conflict and oppression. He also campaigned for more women to participate in the Irish Armed Forces. 

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This year Senator Clonan tabled a motion that called on the government to do the following:

  • Affirm Ireland’s status as a militarily neutral state through a constitutional guarantee.
  • Pay all soldiers, aircrew, and sailors a living wage.
  • Adequately fund Ireland’s Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and Cyber Capability to vindicate Ireland’s neutral status.

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