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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.
To ask the Minister for Defence if he is satisfied with existing arrangements between his Department and the Department of Justice and Equality, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regarding the presence of foreign military aircraft on Irish territory; if he has had discussions with these Departments to recommend a more active role for Defence Forces personnel in relation to protecting our neutrality; and if he will make a statement on the matter.