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Clare challenged the Minister for Defence on a number of issues, including the deployment of Irish soldiers to the Golan Heights in light of Israel finding and intending to claim oil on territory outside its own; the continuing practice of prescribing Lariam as the preferred anti-malarial to Irish soldiers in Sub-Saharan Africa, something which puts Ireland at odds with prescribing policies in the UK and the US, amongst others; Horizon 2020; and the progress of the review of the fire on board the LÉ Clíona on 29 May 1962. You can read Clare’s questions and his answers below.
To ask the Minister for Defence if he has received the report of the Working Group on the use of Lariam in the Defence Forces; and if he will outline its contents. DEPUTY CLARE DALY.
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney was up on Tuesday for questions, Clare asked him a few, The suggestion that Irish troops are deployed to Mali was among them as well as a question about import and export of arms with Israel and the Irish Army’s continued use of the controversial drug Larium which can have very serious side effects. See replies below:
To ask the Minister for Defence the merits he envisage in Irish Defence Forces personnel being deployed to Mali to relieve French troops, given the history of that country.
– Deputy Clare Daly.
Minister continues to allow the prescribing of Larium to Irish troops regardless of the dangers. It is bordering on reckless endangerment at this stage to continue with this dangerous drug when other countries are moving away from it.
Clare questioned the Minister on the appropriateness of sending Irish troops to Mali under 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty, which states that the rule ‘shall not prejudice the specific character of member states’ Ireland is under no obligation to send troops. It is clearly better that the best thing Ireland can do is to remain neutral.