13. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the role of Defence Force personnel serving with the EU Training Mission in Mali, EUTM Mali, and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33874/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: My question concerns members of the Defence Forces serving in the EU training mission in Mali, which the Minister of State visited recently. He stated that they were an essential partner in the reconstruction of the Malian state and the main instrument for the reconstruction of its armed force. Why are Irish troops providing training and mentoring to the Malian armed forces when the same army has been responsible for well-documented human rights abuses during the civi...