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Arms Sold:

Orbiter

RG-32M

Rabintex Helmet

Cornershot

Companies:

Corner Shot Holdings

Israel Military Industries (IMI)

Rabintex

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Ireland

Introduction:

 

Israel and Ireland keep close economic and military ties. Beside of a number of trade and R&D agreements the two countries established the IBBN, that develops bilateral investment. In 2018 Israel’s exports to Ireland were worth $114m. Ireland has bought €14.7m worth of arms and military components from Israel between 2006-2016, including artillery control systems, surveillance systems and drones.

Israel – Ireland Relations:

Israeli exports to Ireland include aircraft, machinery and electronics, rubber and plastics, chemicals, textiles, optical/medical equipment, gems, and fruit and vegetables.[1] Israel’s exports to Ireland were worth $114m in 2018.[2].

Certain economic agreements support Israel’s trade relationship with Ireland – primarily the Free Trade Agreement between Israel and the EU (European Union) (and USA) and a bilateral agreement on Double taxation was concluded in 1995 between the two states, which further facilitated the economic affairs between the countries. Another agreement that exists between the countries and which reflects another element of their hi-tech focus is the 1999 Memorandum of Understanding on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation.[3]

In 2012 the Ireland-Israel business Network (IIBN) was established. The IIBN is an organization that tries to develop bi-lateral investment between Israel and Ireland, while working to stimulate and strengthen business links between the two countries.[4].

In December 2019 Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, met with Israeli PM Netanyahu in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. It was his fourth visit to Israel since becoming foreign minister in 2017.[5][6]

Military Relations

 

Ireland has bought €14.7m worth of arms and military components from Israel between 2006-2016 while Irish-based companies have exported €6.42m worth of military and ‘dual use’ hardware to Israel between 2011-2016.[7]

In August 2014 controversy erupted when it became public that Ireland had approved export licenses for military goods worth up to €6.4m to be shipped to Israel over three years. Irish opposition parties complained that the types of materials sold to Israel are being kept secret from the Irish public. Whilst the Irish government refused to give exact details on the type of equipment, updated figures showed military licenses totaling €126,637 had been approved in advance of the 2014 Gaza conflict.[8]

In 2019 together with Industry Group Cyber Ireland the Ireland-Israel Business Network (IIBN) organized a forum to promote Irish-Israeli cooperation in developing national cybersecurity strategies.[9]

Usage of Israeli Arms:

 

Orbiter 1/2B – used used for surveillance, artillery spotting and support for special forces. Used by the Irish Army in Chad and by the Army Ranger Wing.[10]

RG-32M Outrider Light Tactical Vehicle – Used by Irish Army.

Rabintex Enhanced Combat Helmet – Used by Irish Army[11]

Human Rights Violations:

 

860,000 people experienced discrimination in Ireland – A CSO Report  from 2019 finds[12].

Following areas of concern are existing in Ireland regarding violations of human rights: Continuing problems in Ireland’s International Protection System, particularly regarding access to work, the segregated nature of Direct Provision centres and the experiences of people with disabilities; The need for effective remedies for migrant women in the context of domestic abuse; Discrimination against Traveller communities; Business and human rights, Ireland’s inaction on climate change and its contribution to racial discrimination; Migrant workers’ rights and the rights of victims of trafficking.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concern at the “inadequate living conditions in direct provision centers and its significant impact on mental health and family life of asylum seekers”. It also criticized the “substandard living conditions” of emergency accommodation provided for new asylum seekers due to capacity pressures, and the lack of necessary services and support provided therein.[13]

A report by the Immigrant Council of Ireland in April found that at least 102 and probably many more women and girls were trafficked into or through Ireland for sexual exploitation over a two-year period.[14]

Sales Records Table:

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Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
Artillery fire control system
$1.5m
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/shatter-wont-rule-out-buying-more-weapons-from-israel-28948049.html
Corner shot weapon accessorires
Corner Shot Holdings
for elite special forces
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/justice-minister-confirms-irish-government-will-continue-to-buy-weapons-from-israel-183769321-237758301
5.56mm ammunition
IMI
2005
for the Army’s Steyr Aug rifles.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/shatter-wont-rule-out-buying-more-weapons-from-israel-28948049.html
Surveillance pods and masts
Elbit
2009
multi million deal
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3779262,00.html
12,000 RBH303IE helmets
Rabintex Industries
2006
€2.5m
2006
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/hats-off-to-israelis-for-winning-irish-army-helmet-deal-26405501.html
6 Orbiter-1 drones
2007-2009
€2.38m
for use in Chad and by the Army Ranger Wing.
https://dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/israel-and-the-drone-wars.pdf
upgrade and acquisition of 12 Orbiter 2B drones
Aeronautics Defense Systems
2017
$1.9m
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/criticism-over-plan-to-spend-2m-on-israeli-made-drones-1.2884185, https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/buying-drones-from-israel-will-damage-army-role-say-critics-35666805.html
convert of 15 Boeing jets to freighters
IAI
2019
$400m
for Irish-American company GECAS
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/17/c_138480119.htm

Ireland

Israel and Ireland keep close economic and military ties. Beside of a number of trade and R&D agreements the two countries established the IBBN, that develops bilateral investment. In 2018 Israel’s exports to Ireland were worth $114m. Ireland has bought €14.7m worth of arms and military components from Israel between 2006-2016, including artillery control systems, surveillance systems and drones.

Israeli exports to Ireland include aircraft, machinery and electronics, rubber and plastics, chemicals, textiles, optical/medical equipment, gems, and fruit and vegetables.[1] Israel’s exports to Ireland were worth $114m in 2018.[2].

Certain economic agreements support Israel’s trade relationship with Ireland – primarily the Free Trade Agreement between Israel and the EU (European Union) (and USA) and a bilateral agreement on Double taxation was concluded in 1995 between the two states, which further facilitated the economic affairs between the countries. Another agreement that exists between the countries and which reflects another element of their hi-tech focus is the 1999 Memorandum of Understanding on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation.[3]

In 2012 the Ireland-Israel business Network (IIBN) was established. The IIBN is an organization that tries to develop bi-lateral investment between Israel and Ireland, while working to stimulate and strengthen business links between the two countries.[4].

In December 2019 Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, met with Israeli PM Netanyahu in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. It was his fourth visit to Israel since becoming foreign minister in 2017.[5][6]

Ireland has bought €14.7m worth of arms and military components from Israel between 2006-2016 while Irish-based companies have exported €6.42m worth of military and ‘dual use’ hardware to Israel between 2011-2016.[7]

In August 2014 controversy erupted when it became public that Ireland had approved export licenses for military goods worth up to €6.4m to be shipped to Israel over three years. Irish opposition parties complained that the types of materials sold to Israel are being kept secret from the Irish public. Whilst the Irish government refused to give exact details on the type of equipment, updated figures showed military licenses totaling €126,637 had been approved in advance of the 2014 Gaza conflict.[8]

In 2019 together with Industry Group Cyber Ireland the Ireland-Israel Business Network (IIBN) organized a forum to promote Irish-Israeli cooperation in developing national cybersecurity strategies.[9]

Orbiter 1/2B – used used for surveillance, artillery spotting and support for special forces. Used by the Irish Army in Chad and by the Army Ranger Wing.[10]

RG-32M Outrider Light Tactical Vehicle – Used by Irish Army.

Rabintex Enhanced Combat Helmet – Used by Irish Army[11]

860,000 people experienced discrimination in Ireland – A CSO Report  from 2019 finds[12].

Following areas of concern are existing in Ireland regarding violations of human rights: Continuing problems in Ireland’s International Protection System, particularly regarding access to work, the segregated nature of Direct Provision centres and the experiences of people with disabilities; The need for effective remedies for migrant women in the context of domestic abuse; Discrimination against Traveller communities; Business and human rights, Ireland’s inaction on climate change and its contribution to racial discrimination; Migrant workers’ rights and the rights of victims of trafficking.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concern at the “inadequate living conditions in direct provision centers and its significant impact on mental health and family life of asylum seekers”. It also criticized the “substandard living conditions” of emergency accommodation provided for new asylum seekers due to capacity pressures, and the lack of necessary services and support provided therein.[13]

A report by the Immigrant Council of Ireland in April found that at least 102 and probably many more women and girls were trafficked into or through Ireland for sexual exploitation over a two-year period.[14]

Download as XLS or PDF or view the Google-Doc

Product
Company
Year
Deal Size
Comments
Source
Artillery fire control system
Elbit?
$1.5m
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/shatter-wont-rule-out-buying-more-weapons-from-israel-28948049.html
Corner shot weapon accessorires
Corner Shot Holdings
for elite special forces
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/justice-minister-confirms-irish-government-will-continue-to-buy-weapons-from-israel-183769321-237758301
5.56mm ammunition
IMI
2005
for the Army’s Steyr Aug rifles.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/shatter-wont-rule-out-buying-more-weapons-from-israel-28948049.html
Surveillance pods and masts
Elbit
2009
multi million deal
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3779262,00.html
12,000 RBH303IE helmets
Rabintex Industries
2006
€2.5m
2006
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/hats-off-to-israelis-for-winning-irish-army-helmet-deal-26405501.html
6 Orbiter-1 drones
Aeronautics Defense Systems
2007-2009
€2.38m
for use in Chad and by the Army Ranger Wing.
https://dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/israel-and-the-drone-wars.pdf
upgrade and acquisition of 12 Orbiter 2B drones
Aeronautics Defense Systems
2017
$1.9m
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/criticism-over-plan-to-spend-2m-on-israeli-made-drones-1.2884185, https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/buying-drones-from-israel-will-damage-army-role-say-critics-35666805.html
convert of 15 Boeing jets to freighters
IAI
2019
$400m
for Irish-American company GECAS
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/17/c_138480119.htm