Friday, 12 February 2016

Dear Clerks
Would you please bring the following to the attention of Friends.

The upcoming Irish general election.
 It is likely that this will happen before next Peace Committee's Meeting. We discussed and agreed upon the following text, to be circulated to preparative meetings and individual Friends:

Friends have a testimony that there is a better way than war and conflict for settling differences. Please consider how the questions which you may ask canvassers and candidiates can promote Friends' Peace Testimany and discourage people from doing to others what they would not like to have done to themselves.

In this context, we ask you to remember Friends' Peace Testimony of 1661: "We utterly deny all outward  wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretence whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world."

In November 2015, the Peace and Service Consultation of the Europe and Middle East Section of the Friends World Committee for Consultation wrote: "We call on those in power to reject military responses, and adopt non-violent strategies to bring about stability and safety for all people."

In this context, Ireland Yearly Meeting Peace Committee has considered concerns which you might put to candidates and canvassers.

Our  list of concerns is:
Do you support Irish neutrality?
Is Ireland doing enough to support people driven from their homes by war?
Do you oppose Ireland's drift towards NATO and the militarisation of the EU?
Do you support Irish development of military equipment  including drones?


If you would like further information please contact Seán McCrum at:
 smccrum.1949@gmail.com
or 087-947 4459