[Sinn Fein]

14th January 2003

SF Call For Dáil Recall on Shannon

Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh has described Brian Cowen's statement this evening that US Troops are in fact carrying arms on planes that are landing in Shannon Airport as "a remarkable about face following a week of denials, misinformation and lies from this government".

Deputy O'Snodaigh said:

"Sinn Fein is demanding the immediate re-calling of the Dáil to discuss this very grave matter. Not only is our neutrality clearly being breached so to are our aviation laws.

"The Ministers statement confirms what protesters have been saying all week. This arrogant government, without the approval of the Dáil or the people is engaging in an exercise which will make this state party to the build up of forces in the Middle East which will ultimately have devastating consequences.

"It is an absolute outrage and the Minister must be held accountable."

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