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Ó Snodaigh welcomes Ploughshares Vindication

25 July, 2006

Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed the verdict in the Circuit Criminal Court today as a vindication of the Ploughshares Five.


The Dublin South Central TD said: “Over three years ago, less than two weeks before a hundred thousand people took to the streets of Dublin to protest against the rush to war in Iraq, these five people courageously took a stand against the use of ShannonAirport as a staging area for the US invasion.


“The judgement today is a vindication of Ciaran O’Reilly, Nuin Dunlop, Damien Moran, Karen Fallon and Deirdre Clancy who were prepared to take a moral stand and face the consequences.


“With tens of thousands of Iraqi dead and hundreds more dieing every week along with thousands of occupying coalition forces killed or injured, the Ploughshares Five by their actions helped redeem the Irish people, helped demonstrate clearly that this was not a war supported by the people of this island.


“At all times Sinn Féin has maintained that the use of non-violent direct action as was carried out in ShannonAirport was a justified response to Irish complicity in the illegal occupation of Iraq and the use of Irish facilities as a pitstop for US warplanes.


“As we revealed last month, Shannon is not just being used to transfer US troops, but also to facilitate the sale and transfer of arms to human rights abusers. This judgement will be heard right across the world but those who should pay closest attention are those here in Dublin who have the authority to end the use of Shannon by US forces and to show the same courage shown by these five people.”

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