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Does this Government recognise a 'rogue regime' when it sees one? - Ó Snodaigh

8 August, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has given a qualified welcome to indications that the Government is to produce new legislation governing the rapidly expanding Irish arms industry.


The Dublin South Central TD said: “I welcome indications that the Government finally intends to produce the long promised legislation on arms brokering and dual-use goods. Sinn Féin called for the introduction of a Military and Dual-Use Export Control Act in our Positive Neutrality in Action policy document two years ago. However the impact of the proposed legislation will only be as sound as the foreign policies of the governing parties’.


“It has been stated that an objective of the Control of Exports Bill will be to prevent dual-use goods from falling into the hands of 'rogue regimes' through the use of inspectors. However I would question whether the current government's understanding of a rogue regime will be adequate to ensure against Human Rights violations. Under this Government permission has been granted for the transport of weapons through Shannon to countries with notorious human rights records such as Indonesia and Israel. 


“I would also question the very commitment of this Government to preventing Irish complicity in human rights violations given that they were happy to grant 3/4 million euro in funding through Enterprise Ireland to a Dublin-based company with a contract to develop equipment for the US airforce, not to mention that thousands of US troops and arms continue to pass through Shannon.”



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