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Legal consequences of Civil Service decision

  • 25-06-2022 5:22pm
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    You may be aware of the discussions on the huge failings and gaps in Irelands capacity to defend itself or assert neutrality in its air and sea space, its exclusive economic area.

    It is claimed that there is, as a result of the gaps, a secret agreement between Ireland and the UK for the RAF to operate in Irish airspace and if necessary to protect UK and Irish targets. No such agreement as far as I know, has ever been approved by the Oireachtas.

    As this is an entirely hypothetical case (there is no evidence of such an agreement) what legal standing would such an agreement have? Would the civil servants who effectively made an agreement for the foreign armed forces to operate here be open to an accusation of treason for raising an armed force (the RAF) independently of the constitutional requirements? Or is it open to them to conclude any agreement they want?