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Bill for military overflights is an insult to Irish Neutrality

14 May, 2005

Commenting on news today that the Irish taxpayer has forked out €10million for foreign and military overflights, the majority of which were US Military flights, many to Iraq, Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said it was an "insult to the Irish people and to Irish Neutrality."

Speaking in Dublin this morning he said:

"The fact that the Irish Government has and still is aiding and abetting America's and Britain's illegal war in Iraq by allowing American war planes to land and re-fuel at Shannon Airport is enough to infuriate the people of Ireland as it is in direct contravention to our neutral status.

"Irish people will now be incensed to hear that the Irish taxpayer is forking out millions of Euros each year to pay for US military overflights through Irish airspace on their way to Iraq. Irelands continued indirect involvement in the war in Iraq is an insult to the Irish people and to Irish Neutrality.

"Sinn Féin wants to see the US military out of Shannon Airport and the lifting of the exemption under the Eurocontrol agreement that allows the US to pass through Irish-controlled airspace on their way to an illegal war at the expense of the Irish taxpayer." ENDS

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