[Sinn Fein]

28th January 2003

Dáil must hold government to account for flagrant breaching of neutrality

Sinn Fein TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said that this afternoon's admission by the Department of Transport that 26 US warplanes have brought munitions through Shannon Airport already this month merely confirms what anti-war protesters have been saying for weeks.  He called on the government to end its complicity in the war build up and to stop allowing Shannon airport to be used in this manner.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"Figures released by the Department of Transport this afternoon merely confirm what anti-war protesters have been saying for weeks now.  Despite government denials it was clear that US warplanes were transporting munitions through Shannon airport in a flagrant breach of our neutrality. And their figure of 26 warplanes is a very conservative estimate. 

"The government approach to this matter has been one of misinformation and deception. It is time that we heard the truth, had an honest debate in the Dáil and ensured that the wishes of the people are respected."ENDS

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