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This week
24th September 2023 - 28th September 2023
Factcheck: MEP Clare Daly ‘mistakenly’ cited wrong fatality figures for Russian invasion of Ukraine
Daly had also said that Ukraine had lost territory, citing Russian annexation declarations.
This month
September 2023
Ukraine says Russian drones fell on Romania
The claim has not been independently verified.
Last month
August 2023
Poland says two Belarusian helicopters violated its airspace today
‘There was a violation of Polish airspace by two Belarusian helicopters that were training near the border,’ the Polish defence ministry said.
July 2023
NATO assessors return to Cork as Irish soldiers hone their skills
The Journal was invited to Killworth’s Lynch Camp to see how Irish Defence Forces personnel were interacting with NATO.
Irish Defence Force engineers to be evaluated by Nato this week
The last time the Nato evaluation happened it caused angry exchanges in the Dáil between PBP’s Paul Murphy and Tánaiste Micheál Martin.
Ireland takes first steps towards joining European security project to protect undersea cables
Ireland is already participating in a number of projects under the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco) element of the EU Global Strategy.
Zelenskyy hails 'security victory' as G7 nations pledge long-term support for Ukraine
It comes after Nato leaders agreed that Ukraine could join the alliance once certain conditions are met.
Turkey won’t ratify Sweden’s Nato membership bid before October, Erdogan says
Erdogan said the process would have to wait until the end of Parliament’s summer recess.
NATO members hold off on granting Ukraine membership while pledging more defence spending
NATO leaders pledged that “Ukraine’s future is in NATO” and shortened the eventual process Kyiv would have to go through to enter the alliance.
Zelenskyy criticises ‘absurd’ lack of timetable for Ukraine to join Nato as summit begins
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to head to Vilnius for the two-day summit.
Turkish president agrees to support Sweden's Nato bid ahead of summit
Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg declared it had been a “historic day” after Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to back Stockholm’s application.
Zelensky wins Erdogan's NATO backing after securing US cluster bombs
“There is no doubt that Ukraine deserves membership of NATO,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul.
NATO's top man to stay in role as UK fails in bid to see its Defence Minister get the job
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace but his candidacy was apparently blocked by the US and France.
Erdogan signals Turkey is not ready to ratify Sweden Nato membership
Nato wants to bring Sweden into the fold by the time leaders meet in Lithuania on July 11.
June 2023
Day three at the Security Forum: talks turn to Nato as neutrality protests continue
Day Three of the Consultative Forum on International Security Policy was held in Dublin Castle today with Nato on the agenda.
Dr Edward Burke: 'We may cherish our neutrality but we cannot ignore the changing world'
The assistant professor in the History of War at UCD looks at the shape of Irish neutrality and outlines how it’s viewed internationally.
The view from Brussels: What do EU and NATO military leaders make of Ireland's neutral stance?
Last week, The Journal travelled to Brussels to find what international diplomats and military leaders think of Ireland’s non-aligned stance.
Government defends security forum as opposition label it 'rigged' and 'unashamedly one-sided'
Mick Barry said he believes the forum is “rigged” and opposition leaders have been “excluded”.
Irish general who liaises between State, EU and Nato calls defence links 'a force for good'
Brig Gen Ger Buckley was speaking to The Journal’s Niall O’Connor in Brussels last week.
A forum on Irish foreign policy and neutrality kicks off this week - but what's it all about?
President Higgins’ intervention has turned up the heat in the neutrality debate ahead of a key government event to discuss Ireland’s security future.
President Higgins issues apology over remarks about security forum chair following criticism
A spokesperson said Higgins “intended no offence by such a casual remark”.
Tom Clonan: Joining NATO doesn't benefit Ireland, but that doesn't excuse poor defence spending
The security analyst looks ahead to the government’s Consultative Forums on Neutrality and outlines why our position of military neutrality really matters.
Tánaiste defends forum as President claims Ireland is 'playing with fire' in neutrality 'drift'
In an interview with a Sunday newspaper Higgins spoke about his views on the impending Consultative Forum on international security policy.
Nato says peacekeepers 'unwavering' as Kosovo tensions flare
An extra Nato battalion is on alert to deploy to Kosovo if required.
Biden: No easy path for Ukraine to join NATO alliance
The comments come before NATO leaders are set to meet in Lithuania next month.
'Fair to assume' Russia is mapping cables and pipelines off Irish coast, NATO General says
The general who heads up NATO’s Critical Undersea Infrastructure unit spoke to The Journal’s Niall O’Connor.
Nato begins the biggest air force drill in its history
Up to 10,000 people will participate in the drills.
Reader Q&A: What do you want to know about Irish neutrality?
Our reporters will put your questions to experts in the field, for a comprehensive and thorough look at what neutrality means for Ireland, and how we would be affected by any possible change to the policy.
Ireland to consider joining EU or Nato programme to protect undersea cables
Varadkar said that he didn’t believe Ireland was capable of defending cables off its coast without international support.
This year
Kosovo tensions high after violent clashes as EU calls for calm across the Balkans
Violence sparked by disputed municipal elections left 30 soldiers from a NATO-led peacekeeping force injured on Monday after clashes with ethnic Serbs protesters.
Erdogan declares victory in Turkey's historic run-off election
Erdogan had entered the day as the firm favourite to extend two decades of his rule.
Tánaiste questions Triple Lock and calls for greater NATO links in major defence policy speech
The opposition have criticised the use of a consultation forum rather than a citizens’ assembly.
Russia warns of 'countermeasures' after Finland becomes 31st member of Nato
Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine prompted Finland – and its neighbour Sweden – to drop decades of non-alignment.
Finland is set to officially join Nato tomorrow
‘Tomorrow we will welcome Finland as the 31st member,’ Nato general secretary Jens Stolenberg told reporters today.
Turkey becomes final Nato country to ratify Finland joining alliance
Finland – and Sweden – had been blocked from the alliance by Turkey and Hungary.
Tánaiste Micheál Martin is ‘developing proposals’ around Ireland’s neutrality
Speaking at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said stakeholders and the public will be consulted in a ‘meaningful way’.
Finland on track to join NATO after Turkey and Hungary back accession
Finland and Sweden need all 30 NATO members to approve their accession, which Turkey and Hungary have refused to do until now.
Poland to become first Nato member to send fighter jets to Ukraine
Ukraine has repeatedly asked its Western allies to send warplanes but so far no countries had committed to give jets to Kyiv.
Finland may join Nato without Sweden over Turkey's opposition
The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey has fewer problems with Finland joining than Sweden.
NATO chief warns Ukrainian city of Bakhmut may fall 'in coming days'
The industrial town in eastern Ukraine has been devastated by the longest battle since Russia’s invasion.