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Sinn Féin raise need to expel Israeli ambassador at meeting with Taoiseach

3 June, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Speaking after meeting with Taoiseach Brian Cowen this evening Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“Today’s meeting was arranged at our request to take stock in the wake of the British General Election. There are many challenges in the time ahead and we want the Irish Government to play a positive role.

“Of course the big focus right now internationally is the military assault on the aid flotilla by the Israeli forces in international waters. It comes as the report into the Israeli government use of Irish passports to commit murder in Dubai comes to a conclusion.

“As we speak the Rachel Corrie is approaching Gaza with humanitarian aid. It can be assumed that the Israeli Government is preparing to intercept that Irish flagged vessel. The Rachel Corrie should be allowed to proceed to Gaza unhindered.

“The Israeli government needs to be challenged over its actions earlier this week. International law needs to be respected.

“Ireland needs to send out a clear message to the Israeli government. This behaviour is unacceptable. Summoning the ambassador to talks is not enough. We asked the Government that he be expelled from Ireland.” ENDS

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