Concerns have been raised about Irish neutrality and the country's ability to defend itself.
Cathal Berry, Independent TD for Kildare South and former Army Ranger, believes that the Oireachtas needs to debate some of the issues surrounding Ireland's defence capabilities.
A defence pact between the British and Irish governments since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 is detailed in today's Irish Independent.
The agreement allows RAF Typhoon assets to intercept rogue aircraft violating Irish airspace.
While the government insists it does not comment on national security matters, the issue raises questions about the funding and capabilities of the Irish Defence Forces.
Speaking to The Pat Kenny Show, Deputy Berry explained that the British and Irish governments arranged "a secret deal" post 9/11 that if a rogue aircraft was identified in Ireland's airspace, that the Royal Airforce could intervene.
"The big issue I would have is the Constitutionality of this deal, it hasn't really been approved by the Oireachtas at all, it was created and laid down without the knowledge of the Irish Air Corps and there's a lot about the deal we don't know," he said.
"How much did it cost, what are the British government getting in return, and is there any negotiating leverage that the British government have over the Irish government now because this defence pact is in place?"
He said that a motion before the Dáil on the matter "is a good way to go" so that a public debate can happen and a vote can ultimately be taken on whether the pact is legal and appropriate.
Deputy Berry referenced Article 15.6.1° of the Constitution which provides that "the right to raise and maintain military or armed forces is vested exclusively in the Oireachtas".
Therefore, he believes it would be appropriate that the Oirechats gives its approval for the arrangement to be in place.
He said that while such a defence pact might be prudent from a defence perspective, the problem is that little details are known about the agreement.
"We live in a democratic, open, free society and it's perfectly normal to have these arrangements with your neighbouring states so let's publish the agreement and let's see what it is and what impacts it has on Irish sovereignty and Irish independence," he added.
'We're militarily neutered'
As for neutrality, "anyone who thinks this country is neutral is deluding themselves", Deputy Berry stated.
"It's a particular brand of neutrality, I think Brendan Howlin said it best in the Dáil a few months back, he said we're not militarily neutral, we're militarily neutered," he said.
"Neutrality is a very convenient label that is used as an excuse to underfund our military and our armed forces.
However, he explained that the British-Irish agreement is about "flight safety and air policing", rather than air defence.
When it comes to the pact and Irish neutrality, Deputy Berry said that all he is looking for is "transparency".
"Firstly, I think a Dáil debate on the matter would be prudent," he explained.
"Secondly, I think the Irish Air Corps needs to have a number of direct meetings with the Royal Air Force and that hasn't happened yet on a tactical and technical level."