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Sinn Féin calls on Tánaiste to demand immediate release of MV Saoirse crew

4 November, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pádraig MacLochlainn has called on the Tánaiste to seek the immediate release of the Irish crew on board the intercepted vessel MV Saoirse.

He said:

“The interception of this humanitarian vessel travelling to Gaza in international waters is a clear act of piracy by the Israeli forces. This outrageous defiance of Israel to international law is becoming habitual and appears to be without consequence. It makes a laughing stock of international legal conventions. What does the Tánaiste propose to do about this?

“He must ensure that the human and civil rights of Irish citizens, who are now in Israeli custody, are protected and that Irish consular assistance is provided immediately upon arrival to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

“I fully condemn these criminal acts by Israel and demand action by our Government.
I have put these demands to Tánaiste Gilmore's office and await his response.”

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