Why ‘neutral’ Ireland is part of Ukraine mess

Why ‘neutral’ Ireland is part of Ukraine mess
Tom McGurk

There was a time when neutrality was a comfortable and useful stance from which to influence world affairs, but now we’re taking sides – and not always wisely.

As you read these words this Sunday morning, the guns should have gone silent – a ceasefire signalled in Ukraine. Little remains resolved, but the fighting will stop while both sides attempt to erect a Minsk 2-type agreement. In conflict resolution terms, it’s ‘frozen conflict’- a space in which to let negotiation and diplomacy work.

Ukraine is in ruins, economically and politically, its oligarchic-controlled government collapsing under corruption, and a large section of its...

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