Simon Coveney signals Fine Gael to ditch support for ‘triple lock’ on Irish troops being sent abroad
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said there are limitations to Ireland’s ‘triple lock’ policy on Irish troops being sent abroad and claimed abandoning it would not be radical.
Mr Coveney cast major doubt on the future of the policy that has underpinned Irish military neutrality for decades at the start of Fine Gael’s ard fheis in Athlone on Saturday.
The policy means Irish troops only serve on peace support missions outside the State if there is a UN Security Council or General Assembly resolution, a formal decision by the Irish Government and the Dáil’s approval by way of a resolution.
“I don’t regard the move away from the triple lock as a radical change.
"I would regard that move as a sensible change recognising the limitations of the triple lock in terms of the ability of the Irish parliament and the Irish government to make a decision to be part of a peacekeeping operation and so on,” Mr Coveney said.
The ard fheis overwhelming voted in favour of a motion that calls on the Government to remove the triple-lock mechanism and replace it with a double-lock mechanism so that the deployment of more than 12 Irish troops overseas would only require Government and Dáil approval.