Defence Questions: Golan Heights

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Dáil Issues, Defence

Dáil Issues, Dáil Work, Defence, Oral Questions

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.
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Dáil Issues, Defence, Oral Questions, Parliamentary Questions

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.
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Dáil Issues, Defence, Oral Questions

Minister Coveney ducks and dives on issues such as our failure to end the arms trade with Israel. The fact that he seems to be hellbent on extending our search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean to a deeper military involvement… The continued presence of Army personnel to protect US war crafts at Shannon and the failure of the Minister to address serious concerns over the continued prescribing of Lariam. 
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