Thirty-Fourth Amendment to the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2013: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Constitution.

The Bill seeks to amend the Constitution to ensure Ireland will not and could not aid foreign powers in any way in the preparation for war save with the assent of the Dáil. The Bill also affirms that Ireland is a neutral State and that the State would have a policy of non-membership of military alliances. I sought to introduce this Bill to ensure the Government cannot and will not continue to undermine Irish neutrality. The continued use of Shannon Airport for foreign military forces to facilitate their ongoing wars coupled with the increased militarisation of the EU and this State's deeper integration into the EU military system ensure the Bill is timely. Sinn Féin believes if Ireland followed this policy of positive neutrality, our State could make a highly significant contribution towards the long-held global objective of international peace with justice and the goal of universal human security to which everyone has a right.

Is the Bill opposed?

Question put and agreed to.

Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Question put and agreed to.