Ireland’s fight for independence from British rule has defined how it sees itself in the world – as a liberated people compelled to fight against oppression everywhere.

This sentiment formed its proud stance of ‘neutrality’, which saw it refuse to engage in World War II, and defines its strong and vocal support for the fight against Apartheid – first in South Africa, and today in Palestine.

But under pressure from NATO to join the fight against Russia, is that ‘neutrality’ under threat?

This week on The Big Picture podcast, we sit down with Irish lawmaker and anti-war activist Richard Boyd Barrett to talk about why Irish people feel compelled to support the Palestinian struggle, and how Ireland can lead the world away from warring empires.