Susan O’Keeffe: The row about our neutral status is unnecessary at this fragile, fraught time

Ireland’s assistance should be humanitarian, focussed on the provision of food, shelter, water and repair of vital infrastructure

Volunteers in Berlin wait for refugees. ‘Ireland should be standing tall and stating clearly that we will play our part in helping to keep people alive on the ground in Ukraine and helping with the enormous crisis that is the flow of Ukrainians leaving their country.’ Picture: Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images

We have much in common with Ukraine, a smaller country with a bigger country as its neighbour, but much that is different. These similar but separate identities and our shared understanding of this help us to understand, first hand, the betrayal by neighbour of neighbour that we are witnessing. And our fraught history of occupation gives us special insight to the war playing out in front of us this last week.

It makes it imperative ...