I wrote a post for Broadsheet.ie yesterday evening (published today) about Ireland’s possible decision to send soldiers to Mali. Just this morning hostages have been taken at the Radisson hotel in the Bamako – Mali’s capital. It should be noted that UN Peacekeepers are responding to the situation.
Irish Defence Minister, Simon Coveney, has recently told The Independent that sending a large Irish troop contingent to Mali, in support of the ongoing French military operation there, is the government’s most likely response in the wake of the terrorist attacks that struck Paris last week. His announcement comes after the French government’s invocation of Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday that directs European Union member states to provide aid and assistance in the event of an attack on another member. EU defence ministers are set to meet Friday, and are expected to make several important decisions about how to do so. Yet sending a contingent of Irish soldiers to Mali is not a decision that should be taken lightly.