Back parties committed to neutrality, urges McDonald
Sinn Fein's candidate for Dublin in the forthcoming EU elections Mary Lou McDonald this morning joined other Anti-War candidates who will be contesting the elections in calling on voters to support parties who opposed the invasion of Iraq and who are committed to protecting Irish neutrality. She was speaking at a press conference organised by the Stop Bush Campaign in the ATGWU Hall this morning.
Ms McDonald said: "When tens of thousands of people marched against the war on Iraq last year the Government was arrogant enough to dismiss their concerns with platitudes and soundbites. Anti-War activists were arrested and prosecuted. The Coalition ignored the people and their conerns about supporting the US invasion.
"It is now clear that it is the Government that was duped, that Bertie Ahern believed lies about weapons of mass destruction and the US fighting a humanitarian crusade and was an active and willing participant in the invasion of Iraq.
"Sinn Fein is calling on the electorate to back only those candidates committed to protecting Irish neutrality and who opposed the war on Iraq. They should neither vote for, nor transfer to, parties that have an agenda of militarisation of the EU. And while we hope that people take their politics into the polling booth, we hope they will also come out and join us in the protest to mark the visit of George W Bush." ENDS