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Dublin MEP Mary Lou Mc Donald demands that it is time for the Dáil to act on CIA flights

14 February, 2007

Speaking from Strasbourg Mary Lou Mc Donald MEP and Dublin Central Candidate said "Today's report by MEPs raises some critical issues which are about the core fundamental rights of everybody in Europe and across the world".

Ms Mc Donald highlighted that "This report paints a shocking picture of human rights abuse and illegal activity, all of which was tolerated by Member States including Ireland. The Irish government's hear-no-evil, see-no-evil approach to illegal renditions is unconvincing and unacceptable. The report points out that at least 147 CIA-operated flights made stopovers in Irish airports including by aircraft involved in "extraordinary renditions" or kidnappings as we would normally call them."

Ms. McDonald went on to firmly place the emphasis on the Dáil to now act: "all of us who seek the truth about these kidnappings must raise this in our national parliaments and directly confront our governments. The real pressure must be applied at home where, on the eve of an election, the TDs who permitted and tolerated these actions will feel it." ENDS

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