Tuesday, May 31, 2005

FG asks clarification on EU Battle Groups

FG issued this statement on the the participation of Ireland in EU battle groups: "Billy Timmins TD, Fine Gael Defence Spokesperson, has today (Tuesday) called on the Minister for Defence to, once and for all, make a decision on Ireland’s participation in EU battle groups. Deputy Timmins added that this matter is separate from any debates on the EU Constitution and must be considered so. For months now, the Government has been treading water on the issue of EU battle groups, unable or unwilling to make a clear decision regarding Ireland’s participation. The time has come for the Government to make a clear statement as to whether Ireland will participate in an EU battle group, and to clarify which other Member States we will cooperate with in our participation." More here