[Sinn Fein]

25th January 2002

Dublin not a NATO pit-stop

A British Navy Frigate will be docking at Sir John Rogersons Quay this Saturday morning 26th January at 10.00am. Sinn Fein Átha Claith will be there to welcome the ship and to protest at Britain's continued military presence in Ireland.

Sinn Fein Dublin South-East representative Daithí Doolan called on people to turn up to protest the presence of the British military in Dublin:

``It makes a further mockery of this government's claim to be serious about Irish neutrality when NATO forces are permitted to use our port facilities. This government has walked all over our traditional policy of neutrality first, by entering Partnership for Peace without the promised referendum, and secondly by endorsing the Treaty of Nice.

We are also intending to register our disgust at the British government's slow pace in implementing the demilitarisation called for in the Good Friday Agreement almost four years ago.

We have no desire to see Dublin being used as a pit-stop by the NATO war machine and every intention of making it clear to the British government that the Irish people are serious about our commitment to neutrality.''

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