Andy Storey (a board member of a group Action called from Ireland) has a bee in his bonnet about Irish defence spending. We should be spending less, sez Andy....because neutrality.
I've never understood Irish neutrality. It never seemed to be anything more than a overly pious inability to deal with the reality that the world is still a nasty place. Our defence spending is by far the lowest in the EU as a percentage of GDP but other notable neutrals such as Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Austria maintain their neutrality while spending far more than we do.
No-one has ever really defined what Irish neutrality means and a good start for those who advocate it would be to figure out in their own heads what precisely they're advocating for. When they do that, they might explain how spending money on our defence forces makes us less "neutral".
DUBLIN INQUIRER: NEUTRAL IRELAND SHOULDN’T BE INCREASING MILITARY SPENDING