I spoke in the Dáil this week on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
The treaty was a watershed moment in human history which limited the spread of nuclear weapons to nine nation states. With the new US President and a seat on the UN Security Council, Ireland now has a golden opportunity to advocate our position on nuclear weapons. We should be able to leverage these two advances to the best of our ability.
Rather than focusing solely on nuclear weapons, we need to focus on all weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons and dirty bombs containing fissile material. None of these weapons has a place in a modern and civilised society.