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59% opposed to use of Shannon by US military

21 April, 2007

Responding to research that shows 59% of the population are against the use of Shannon Airport by the US military for their war in Iraq, Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said the information confirms that the war in Iraq is an election issue.


Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The Fianna Fáil/PD Government has facilitated the US led illegal war in Iraq by providing the use of Shannon Airport to its military.  Many suspect that Shannon has also been used to transfer prisoners illegally detained on extraordinary rendition flights.  Sinn Féin has consistently opposed the use of Shannon by any foreign military not only because we oppose the war in Iraq but because our neutrality is being compromised.


“The results of a new poll, commissioned by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and conducted by the Lansdowne Market Research group, shows that 59% of the population do not support the use of Shannon by the US which is a popular endorsement of Sinn Féin’s position.  The poll also shows that only 17% of the people are in favour of its use with 24% unsure.  This poll shows clearly that the war in Iraq is an election issue.


“Sinn Féin will continue its strong opposition to the use of Shannon for the war in Iraq and will ensure that it is an election issue.” ENDS

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