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Debate on neutrality must be centre-stage and not consigned to the margins

After decades of coasting on neutrality and leaning on our better-armed neighbours, we will at last bring this essential national policy question to the fore

Ireland currently cannot defend itself from external aggression by a hostile power. Picture: Irish Defence Forces

The historian Ronan Fanning wrote, as long ago as 1982, that the first challenge in writing about or discussing Irish neutrality is defining it. And so it remains. In a violent and topsy-turvy world, what do we mean when we say Ireland is a “neutral” country? In the face of the most awful war in Europe since 1945, is being neutral a sufficiently moral and politically robust response to military aggression?

For the first time ...