“Active Neutrality Means Ireland can Fight for Peace in the Ukraine War” – Cllr Emer Tóibín
Cllr Emer Tóibín has argued that Ireland should use its moral strength as a neutral country to condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking today, Cllr Emer Tóibín said “The Ukraine is a sovereign nation. Putin’s invasion is unjust, immoral and illegal. We are known across the world as an honest broker. Our neutrality means we’re well placed to always fight for peace. The amount of human suffering this war has caused is unimaginable. Already we’re seeing death tolls of over 200,000 military and nearly 7’000 civilian causalities. 428 of which were children. It’s absolutely heart breaking to see cities, towns and villages across the Ukraine bombed out and in ruins. A staggering 7 million people have been displaced by the war. These are harrowing figures that only scratch the surface of the humanitarian crisis that has arose from the conflict”
Cllr Tóibín continued “Ireland’s tradition of neutrality gives us a powerful moral voice on the conflict, it’s important that we protect our neutrality to protect that voice. Active neutrality allows for a courageous non-aggressive engagement with the rest of the world. We have an impressive record of peacekeeping, nuclear non-proliferation, decolonization, accepting refugees and significant aid to developing countries. Perhaps this has been best seen in our support for Palestinian self-determination.”
“Coming into Christmas, we’ll keep the children and people of Ukraine in our thoughts and prayers. But it’s important that we also take an active stance and use our strong moral voice to push for peace in the Ukraine” concluded Cllr Tóibín