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The govt has approved a plan for Ireland to join EU military initiative

A proposal to let Ireland to participate in an EU military operation to protect vital undersea infrastructure from terrorism, espionage, and sabotage is anticipated to be approved by the government, reports RTE.

The National concern Assessment for Ireland designated damage to submerged infrastructure as a major concern two months ago.

The EU project is a component of the PESCO framework, which unites EU member states in their efforts to enhance the military capabilities of their armies, reports RTE.

With this effort by the government, Ireland would advance its reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities alongside other EU nations.

Additionally, it would lead to nations exchanging data and refining strategies for countering maritime threats.

Italy is in charge of the initiative, which currently has seven EU members involved, reports RTE.

Ireland cannot participate in the initiative unless both the Government and the Dáil give their permission.

Independent TD Cathal Berry stated on RTÉ’s News at One that Europe must assist Ireland in safeguarding its infrastructure, which includes twelve data cables, energy pipelines—particularly those carrying gas—and the electrical interconnector that connects the UK and Ireland.

These, according to the former Army Ranger, are especially susceptible. He also mentioned that the Corrib gas field had the most exposed pipeline in all of Europe, reports RTE.

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