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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.