Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Permanent Structured Cooperation: Motion

5:00 pm

Photo of Tony McLoughlinTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I reiterate that the Defence Forces do wonderful work all over the world. There is a lot of confusion about this issue. It was discussed already today in the Dáil, and it is important that we get some clarification on some of the issues.

What are the benefits of joining PESCO and how will it benefit the Defence Forces in their overseas missions?

In practical terms, what does joining PESCO mean, and what type of projects will Ireland be participating in? That is a question that has been asked of me.

Could the Minister provide reassurances on the legal position? He mentioned that he had sought legal advice on Ireland's participation within PESCO.


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