Lucinda Creighton: Enough of the naivety – we need to take a stand, starting with Russia’s embassy

Russia placing 52 Irish officials and politicians on a banned list gives the lie to the belief that Ireland is somehow exempt from being targeted by malign global actors because of our ‘neutral’ stance

The revelation last week that 52 Irish officials and politicians have been added to a “banned” list by the Russian Federation came as no surprise. The move is typical of a petulant government which is feeling under pressure, and will use whatever tools it has available to communicate its annoyance to other governments.

This banned list is widely applied, and has been growing since the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February. It includes individuals from ...