Taoiseach stresses country’s commitment to ‘military neutrality’

Without referencing remarks made by the President on neutrality to this newspaper, Leo Varadkar said Ireland will not join Nato

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “We are not going to apply for Nato membership, or membership of any military alliance, nor will we sign up to any mutual defence pact or mutual defence clause”. Picture: Niall Carson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that Ireland will remain “military neutral” and will not be joining Nato.

He was responding in the Dáil following days of controversy about President Michael D Higgins’s strongly worded warning about deviating from Ireland’s traditional policy of “positive neutrality” in an interview with the Business Post.

Richard Boyd-Barrett, the People Before Profit TD, told Varadkar that President Higgins remarks echoed his own party’s concerns that the government was trying to ...