[Sinn Fein]

18th January 2003

Ferris joins Anti-War protesters at Shannon Airport

Use of Irish airports by US warplanes must end

Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris is this afternoon joining Anti-War protesters at Shannon in opposition to the governments decision to allow the US military to use the airport as a base. He has called for an immediate end to the use of Irish airports, airspace, or seaports for war preparation by foreign powers. The Kerry North Deputy will be joined by Sinn Fein activists from across the island.

Speaking from Shannon this afternoon Deputy Ferris said:

``The large crowds gathered here today reflect the concern right across Ireland at the government's decision to allow US warplanes to use Irish airports and airspace on their way to the Gulf. The majority of Irish people do not support the drive to war against the Iraqi people. We do not support the use of Shannon airport as part of US war preparation.

``I came here today to stand in solidarity with the protesters who have been taking part in the `Peace Camp'. The courageous and selfless actions of these people stands in stark contrast to the lies and actions of the Irish government.

``It is time that the government listened to the people and stop allowing Irish airports, airspace, or seaports to be used for war preparation by foreign powers.''ENDS

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