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Government must end Ireland’s complicity in Iraq war – Ó Snodaigh

20 March, 2008

Sinn Féin International Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the best way for Ireland to mark the fifth anniversary of the US & British led illegal invasion of Iraq would be to end the use of Shannon Airport by those complicit in the war.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The illegal invasion of Iraq five years ago, and the subsequent war that is taking place there has had consequences for Ireland. Our neutrality, which I believe is dearly valued by the vast majority of people on this island, has been completely compromised. Shannon Airport has been used as a staging post for this war which has seen hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians die.

"It is also highly likely that Shannon Airport and Irish Airspace has been used by the CIA for their secret rendition flights which involves secretly taking prisoners, who have not been charged with any offence, out of a Country for torture to try and extract information.

"This practice is completely illegal, immoral and it has been condemned by international human rights bodies. However, no matter how much evidence is presented to the Government they refuse to search American planes as they land in Shannon.

"The Government must end Ireland's involvement in this murky war. The use of Irish Airports and Airspace must be refused to those complicit in this war. This would be the best way for us to mark the fifth anniversary of the war.

"The war is wrong and immoral and I can only hope that the next American President provides an exit strategy for US troops as his or her first act of duty." ENDS

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