March 8, 2019

Meeting focusing on Irish neutrality in Donegal town this Friday

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Luke Ming Flanagan

MEP Luke Ming Flanagan is hosting a meeting in Donegal tomorrow night

A public meeting hosted by Luke Ming Flanagan MEP and Thomas Pringle TD will take place this Friday 8th March 2019 at the Central Hotel in Donegal.

A number of speakers have been lined up to speak at the event entitled 'PESCO and Irish Neutrality' which runs from 7pm to 10pm.

The event comes after another similar meeting which was held in Galway in November 2018 entitled 'Are We Heading Towards an EU Army?'.

PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) is a European Union initiative to integrate the armed forces of nearly every European member state. PESCO was rushed through the Dáil in October 2017 by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael with very little coverage.

Speaking ahead of the public meeting in Donegal, Luke Ming Flanagan MEP said "There is an urgency to talk about the ramping up of military projects in the European Union. Ireland as a neutral country should not be aligning ourselves with imperial powers in Europe. I look forward to exploring this and other implications in Donegal this Friday".

Independent candidate for the upcoming local elections, Valerie McNulty will also speak at the meeting along with Dr Karen Devine, lecturer in International Relations and EU Politics in Dublin City University. The meeting will be chaired by Cllr Séamus Maguire.