'Dublin and Brussels have grown closer during the past few months with Brexit negotiations siding the Republic of Ireland against their nearest neighbour.
But this week a group of Irish MEPs have warned Brussels not to expect unquestioning loyalty from Dublin - especially on the subject of security.
The warning was issued in a joint report by MEPs from Fine Gael, Ireland’s ruling government party, called ‘Ireland and the EU: Defending Our Common European Home’.
The report said: “We believe the time is right to openly debate the issue of Irish security and defence. We cannot leave this debate to the member states.
“We want to make it clear that we do not support the creation of an EU Army.”
Instead the report called for Brussels to “respect the traditions” of individual countries and focus on “collaboration”, not the creation of an all-out joint army.
Ireland, as a neutral state whose military primarily focus on peace-keeping, is especially concerned at that impact an EU Army could have on its foreign policy.'