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Ó Snodaigh - Gardaí need to be allowed to inspect US military flights

11 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has backed calls from the Irish Human Rights Commission for Garda inspections of US military flights going through Shannon airport. He also repeated his call for the government to stop allowing the US military to use airports and airspace on their way to Iraq.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The Government have repeatedly said that they are opposed to extraordinary rendition but they have failed to take any concrete action to ensure that the US is not transporting detainees illegally through Shannon airport.

"Non-binding assurances from the US are not sufficient and fly in the face of evidence that numerous planes involved in rendition have already gone through this country. The government need to act and ensure that the Gardaí have the capacity to inspect planes landing at Shannon Airport.

"I also believe that the Government should refuse the use of airports and airspace to all planes associated with the United States' rendition programme. This is a complete compromise of our neutrality, it is illegal and it is absolutely unacceptable." ENDS

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