However, I can see why there would be resentment towards the Irish actions (or non-actions) during WWII, which seem to an outside observer to be incredibly stubborn. Surely, they could have joined the Allies once the threat of German invasion was neutralized?
Ireland remained politically neutral but in reality they were friendly with the allies.
Anyways, they never gave troops, never declared war, etc. Therefore, they were neutral.
The fact that a neutral State uses force to repel attempts to violate
its neutrality cannot be regarded as a hostile act.
Neutral States receiving troops belonging to the belligerent armies on
their territory must intern them. It would be a violation of the duty of
non-participation if the neutral State permitted such troops to take part
again in hostilities.
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