Dan O’Brien: We can no longer ‘gamble on peace’ or free-ride on the security efforts of others

Ireland should move to maximise the security and defence of its citizens, which is the first duty of the state, in a world that has suddenly become more dangerous

In this more dangerous new world, Ireland needs the protection of being in a defensive coalition. Picture: Irish Defence Forces

These past ten days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine have rocked Europe to its foundations and sent shock waves around the world. Vladimir Putin’s full-scale attack on a neighbouring country of close to 50 million people could bring death and destruction back to Europe on a scale not seen since World War II.

The reaction of the continent’s democratic actors has been remarkably swift. The EU, a construct not built for speed, immediately hit ...