Labour to request debate on Russian Ukrainian crisis

25 January 2022

The Labour Party will write to the Business Committee requesting a Dáil debate on the crisis unfolding in Russia. Speaking today, Labour’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Howlin, said Ireland must take a clear stand against Russian naval maneuvers off our coast.

Deputy Howlin said:

“After weeks of diplomatic negotiations, there is a great expectation now from seasoned commentators that there will be a Russian invasion of the Ukraine. This has dire consequences firstly, obviously for the people of Ukraine and the region, but also for the world. I will be writing to the Business Committee today demanding a Dáil debate on the crisis.

“Ireland needs to continue its diplomatic efforts and take a very firm and clear stand in the context of the heightened tension of Russian naval manoeuvers off our coast.

“Ireland is a neutral country, but we’ve always worked for the maintenance of peace, and we’ve a proud tradition and record in that regard. It’s time now that we made it crystal clear to Russia that we stand with a sovereign independent nation that we’ve recently established for diplomatic relations with an established embassy in Ukraine, and that the Irish people will be outraged if that hard won sovereignty is trashed and trespassed upon further by Russia.”

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