Why is Ireland being signed up as a testing ground for weapons technology?

Eamon Delaney


This week, the LE Eithne was given a hero’s welcome as it arrived back in Ireland, after completing its humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean. The naval vessel was responsible for saving the lives of 3,400 migrants, including almost 170 children, and families cheered as the ship berthed in Cork with parents, wives, children, friends and navy comrades all gathered at the dockside. Among those there meet them at the quayside was our Minister for Defence, and local Cork TD, Simon Coveney.

Meanwhile, Ireland is to accept 600 extra Syrian and Eritrean migrants as part of efforts to ease the terrible migration crisis in the Mediterranean. This is in addition to the 520 migrants that the State is already accepting as part of an EU separate resettlement initiative.

Ireland has a long standing policy of assisting people abroad and helping those in need, from our participation in UN peace-keeping missions, to…

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