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Ó Snodaigh to address PANA press conference on EU Battle Groups

13 June, 2006

Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD will speak at the launch of the Peace And Neutrality Alliance (PANA) pamphlet entitled 'Battle Groups Regiments of the EU Empire' in Buswells Hotel at 11am tomorrow morning. PANA are launching the pamphlet as Minister of Defence Willie O'Dea is preparing to commence the process of integrating the Defence Forces into the EU Battle Groups.

Speaking before the launch of the pamphlet Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Sinn Féin has serious reservations about these EU Battle Groups. Not only are they a gross infringement of the principle of Irish neutrality but in addition they will weaken the United Nation's ability and capacity to respond to international crises effectively, since European troops will be diverted to these battle groups." ENDS

Note to editor: Other speakers at the launch will include Roger Cole, PANA, John Gormley TD, The Green Party and Independent TD Tony Gregory.

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