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Doolan-McDowell must take responsibility for hunger strike crisis

16 May, 2006

Sinn Féin’s Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has this morning called on, "Minister for Justice Michael McDowell to engage with the Afghani hunger strikers in St Patrick's Cathedral ."

Speaking ahead of today's protest at 12.30pm at St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin, Cllr. Doolan said:

‘25 years ago this country was in the grip of a hunger strike that lead to 10 young republicans dying on hunger strike. At the time British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher prided herself in not engaging with republican prisoners, 25 years on McDowell is using the same dangerous tactic. I have spoken with his department directly and appealed to him to meet with the men. I would appeal once again to the Minister to see beyond his rhetoric and ensure that his Department meets with the hunger strikers and discuss their case. 


I have meet with the hunger strikers and discussed their options with Osman Hotuk & Sultan Kabirchakara. To be sent back to Afghanistan is to be sent back to a country that is in chaos and is one of the most dangerous places in the world. I feel their cases are genuine and they are committed to seeing this hunger strike through.  The men are on Irish soil and we have a responsibility for these men’s safety and we must ensure Minister McDowell realises his responsibility too.’

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan urged, ‘the public to show solidarity with the men and attend today's solidarity protest.’ENDS

Protest today 12.30pm St Patrick's Cathedral, Patrick Street, D8.








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