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Sinn Féin to join protest supporting Irish neutrality at EU Defence Directors meeting

26 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Euro Election candidate Mary Lou McDonald and the party's Spokesperson on International Affairs and the EU Aengus O Snodaigh TD will join a picket organised by PANA outside the Portmarnock Hotel this afternoon where a meeting of the EU Defence Directors is taking place. The picket is to be held between 12pm and 1pm.

Speaking before leaving for the protest Ms McDonald said: "The Irish presidency is being used to further the militarisation agenda of the European Union. A Government that claims to be committed to some sort of ill-defined idea of military neutrality is facilitating the construction of a European Army and a military industrial complex through many of the meetings taking place during this Presidency.

"Sinn Féin is committed to a policy of positive neutrality and to non-membership of military alliances. I will be attending along with my colleague Deputy O Snodaigh and members of PANA to register our anger at the continuing erosion of Irish neutrality facilitated by this Government." ENDS

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