Elaine Byrne: European elections will force our politicians to pick a side on issue of neutrality

Our traditional defence policy may well prove to be a crucial – and delicate – issue for parties and independents alike in next year’s European Parliament ballot

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly are lightning rods for the neutrality debate due to their controversial views

With less than a year to go before the European Parliament elections, the issue of neutrality has become a key battleground.

Last week, Lisa Chambers, the leader of the Seanad, said she was “considering” running for Fianna Fáil in the Midlands/North-West constituency. There is probably more to the Mayo senator’s public pondering, given that her announcement was made to waiting reporters as she stood beside the Tánaiste and the Minister for Finance.

Chambers’ interesting contribution ...