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Donegal councillor hits out at decision to expel Russian diplomat

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Donegal councillor hits out a decision to expel Russian diplomat

Independent councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on Government chief whip Joe McHugh to explain to the people of Donegal why the government has expelled a Russian diplomat.
On Tuesday the government announced that Ireland is to expel one Russian diplomat.
It follows the poisoning of a former Russian agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in Salisbury, England on March 4th.
The west Donegal councillor (pictured) said the move was "bizarre and weak" and described the decision as "another example of our neutrality eroding”.
“It seems the Dublin Government is hell-bent on bringing us closer to Nato,” he said.
“Russia seems to be the new bogeyman for the west and it's the hypocrisy of the highest order for the government to expel a Russian diplomat on the word of another State while MI5 operate brazenly in Ireland and when Israeli agents stole Irish passports to use in murders in Europe there was very little fuss made.
"There is very little support for this move and I genuinely believe that the vast majority of the people want our neutrality intact.
“Ireland has always acted independently on foreign policy but it seems this government is happy to work on the request of the EU and the UK."