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Sinn Féin demands end to fueling US War-machine in Ireland

19 March, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin North East Representative, Cllr. Larry O'Toole, demanded an end to "the fueling of the US war machine at Shannon Airport. This is nothing short of assisting, aiding and abetting the US war in Iraq. The refueling must stop and it must stop now."

Speaking at an anti war rally in Dublin, Cllr. O'Toole said, "Shannon Airport remains an integral part of the US war effort in Iraq. It continues to be used to assist US in their illegal war and ongoing occupation of Iraq. There are no two ways about it, the Irish government must listen to the ordinary people in their demand to have Shannon shut to the US war machine.

"The people of Iraq have a right, just like the Irish people have a right, to self determination and a future free from war and occupation. Iraq needs our help and assistance in rebuilding their country, they most definitely do not need Shannon refueling the very bombers that have rained devastation on their proud nation."

In conclusion, Cllr. O'Toole urged, "the government to lead by example and shut Shannon to US war planes. It is direct breach of our neutrality and is being used to support an illegal war. Sinn Féin will continue to support the Irish Anti War Movement in every way possible until Bertie wises up and acts on our behalf."ENDS

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