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Sinn Féin joins in worldwide protests on the 1st anniversary of the Iraq War

20 March, 2004


Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald will join millions of people throughout the world today, in a series of protests to mark the 1st anniversary of the war in Iraq. Ms McDonald said: ""The Irish government has an integral part to play in this situation, in seeking to bring an immediate end to the occupation and a return to diplomacy and dialogue. The Irish Presidency of the EU must be utilised to full effect. They also need to uphold the principle of neutrality, and cease the facilitation of Shannon airport for the US war effort."

Ms McDonald will attend a Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) vigil at 12 noon, outside the US Embassy in Dublin, and later for a massive anti war rally in Dublin city centre at 3.00pm.

Speaking in advance of both events, Ms McDonald said:

"Today marks exactly one year since the US and Britain went to war in Iraq. It is important that we reflect on the enormity of what has happened in a single year. Sinn Féin protested in the strongest and possible terms

to the US Administration and the British government - our analysis was that the war was wrong, and one year on, we are more convinced of our analysis than ever.

"The bombing of Iraq was unjustified and the ongoing occupation of the country is wrong and must end. Before the beginning of the war, diplomatic efforts had not been exhausted, and the work of the UN was totally undermined, ironically, at a time when their work was beginning to bear fruit. We must ensure that the UN has the power and resources to oversee the transition to democracy in Iraq. That cannot happen, whilst the British and US military continue to occupy Iraq.

"The way to conflict resolution is through inclusion and dialogue.

"The Irish government has an integral part to play in this situation, in seeking to bring an immediate end to the occupation and a return to diplomacy and dialogue. The Irish Presidency of the EU must be utilised to full effect. They also need to uphold the principle of neutrality, and cease the facilitation of Shannon airport for the US war effort.

"Sinn Féin is proud to be involved in this protest, in solidarity with the millions of people around the world, who understand what this war is about - facilitating the self serving interests of a coterie of nations."ENDS

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