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Government won't be 'guided' on Irish neutrality by Russian 'apologists' - Deputy Smith

Jun 9, 2022 16:06 By News Northern Sound
Government won't be 'guided' on Irish neutrality by Russian 'apologists' - Deputy Smith Government won't be 'guided' on Irish neutrality by Russian 'apologists' - Deputy Smith
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Brendan Smith says Fianna Fáil has taken a "very strong line" on Russian aggression, going back almost a decade and a half.

A local TD says he will not be "guided" by Ireland's neutrality by parties that have been "apologists" for Russia in the past.

Brendan Smith added that Fianna Fáil has taken a "very strong line" on Russian aggression, going back almost a decade and a half to the 2008 invasion of Georgia.

Deputy Smith's comments follows an accusation by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett that the government is making a "sustained attack" on Ireland's neutrality.

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Yesterday, the Taoiseach said there was no need to hold a referendum to join NATO as it's a "policy decision", decided by government.

Speaking to Northern Sound, Deputy Smith hit back at criticism from opposition parties and said Fianna Fáil has been consistent on its stance towards Russia:

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