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Investigation needed to determine if CIA have used Shannon Airport for prisoner flights

24 November, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern to back up his claim, that no detainees are being held incommunicado on behalf of the US anywhere in the Irish Jurisdiction, "with something greater than assurances."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Just last week in response to a parliamentary question that I put to him put to him, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern offered a categorical confirmation that no detainees are being held incommunicado on behalf of the US anywhere in the Irish Jurisdiction.

"The Minister needs to back up his claim with something greater than assurances. The US administration originally denied claims that they had used white phospherous in Fallujah as a weapon saying it was used for illumination purposes only. They only later admitted that the chemical, which can burn its victim down to the bone, was indeed employed as a weapon. How can the government expect the Irish people to accept assurances given this record?"

"Yesterday my colleague Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin called for an emergency debate in the Dáil to discuss the need for the government to conduct an investigation along the lines of those being carried out in Sweden, Spain and Iceland, to determine whether CIA prisoner flights have used Shannon Airport, and just today Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said allegations that Polish airports had been used by CIA flights would be investigated. I am calling on Minister Ahern to initiate such an investigation here in Ireland." ENDS

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