Why is Ireland not part of NATO?

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The Politicus
Mar 04, 2022 11:13 AM 0 Answers
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The Republic of Ireland is a part of EU and shares similar security considerations as European countries in the North Atlantic theatre. It shares cultural and economic ties with most of the NATO countries which would imply shared security goals.

  • Existing Security Arrangements with NATO

    • Ireland is already part of the NATO PfP Program
    • Ireland has signed up for NATO's EAPC
  • Existing Security Arrangements with the UK

Why would the Republic of Ireland accept help from their former Imperialist Master, the UK, but not join the NATO?

Would it not make more sense to join NATO as an equal member but not accept help from the RAF as an unequal, notwithstanding the former unequal relationship between Ireland and the UK?

Why is then, Ireland not part of NATO?

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