Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Micheál Martin has announced plans to scrap the Triple Lock which prevents Ireland deploying troops overseas without UN approval, APA reports citing The Irish Times.
In a wide-ranging speech, which also included commitments to greater international military cooperation and domestic security, Mr Martin said he wants Ireland to be able to respond to crises without waiting for approval from the UN Security Council, which has not authorized a new peacekeeping mission since 2014.
Under the Triple Lock system, 12 or more Defence Forces troops cannot be deployed on an active overseas mission without approval from the Dáil, the Government and authorization from the UN.
The system is seen by many as a cornerstone of Irish military neutrality. However, according to Mr Martin, it hands the five permanent members of the Security Council “a veto over our national sovereign decision to deploy troops to peacekeeping missions as we see fit”.
Mr Martin said he has instructed the Department of Defence to prepare legislation removing the requirement for UN approval.