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Arrival of Birtish warship in Dublin unacceptable - Ó Snodaigh

29 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the arrival in Dublin today of one of the largest warships in the British Navy is "totally unacceptable." Deputy Ó Snodaigh described the government's invitation of the warship as "shameful."

Speaking in the Dáil this morning he said, "The arrival in Dublin today of HMS Ocean is totally unacceptable, as is the presence of any British military apparatus on this island, including our ports, airports, seas and skies, while the British military occupation of the Six Counties and of Iraq continues.

"This warship is one of the largest warships in the British Navy and played a key role in Britain's illegal invasion of Iraq. The government's invitation of this vessel is shameful." ENDS

Note to editor: Sinn Féin will hold a protest at the arrival of HMS Ocean in Dublin at the Famine Memorial on the northside of the Quays, just opposite the IFSC at 6pm this evening.

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