Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence
Permanent Structured Cooperation: Motion
The academic in question made the point that Ireland has to decide to engage or opt out. Both options are open, but each involves costs. In the article, he allowed for the potential for gain. The principle of PESCO is to strengthen Europe's military capabilities in specific collaborative defence projects. That is what raises alarms. Irrespective of what the Minister of State says, it is alarming that it can undermine our traditional neutrality because it is a military union. I apologise that I must go back to the Chamber to speak.