Irish neutrality has a long and honorable history, dating back to Wolfe Tone, who advocated Irish independence and neutrality in the 1790s.
Author: Edward Horgan
Dr. Edward Horgan, a former Army commandant, served with U.N. peacekeeping missions in Cyprus and the Middle East in the 1970s. He had joined the Army cadet school in 1963 and was commissioned as an officer in 1965.While serving with the U.N. in Cyprus in 1966, 1971 and 1973 and in the Middle East in 1973-74, it was his duty to explain the basic concepts of international law to the soldiers under his command. After leaving the military, he achieved a first-class honors BA degree in history, politics, and social studies in 2001 and was awarded a master's in philosophy (peace studies) degree by Trinity College in 2000. He has worked as a civilian U.N. volunteer on election and democratization missions with the United Nations and the EU in Bosnia, Croatia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and East Timor. He is a veteran Shannonwatch peace campaigner, international secretary of the Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance, founder and coordinator of Veterans For Peace Ireland, and the founder of The Veterans Global Peace Network.