[Sinn Fein]

28th January 2003

Sinn Fein set the stage for large campaign in Dublin against war in Iraq

Irish people must tell government to stop cheerleading US war

Dublin Sinn Fein Chairperson and Ard Chomhairle member, Daithí Doolin, will tonight (Tuesday) outline Dublin Sinn Fein's plan to mobilise it's membership and supporters onto the streets to show their total opposition to the Irish government's cheerleading of the US war effort in Iraq. He will speak at a public meeting organised by the Irish Anti-War Movement in Liberty Hall at 8pm.

Mr Doolin said:

"It's time for the people of Dublin and the Irish people as a whole to make their voices heard against any oil war in Iraq. We plan to mobilise our membership and our supporters in Dublin and take to the streets on February 15th to send a loud and clear message that we do not support the Irish government in their complicity in the US war effort.

"People must not lose sight of the fact that the Irish government have been cheerleading the US war effort without the consent of the electorate. They have facilitated thousands of US troops - who are weapons of war in their own right - on route to war. They have also lied to us about weapons passing through Shannon. This is totally unnacceptable.

"Irish people must send a message to the world on February 15th that we are opposed to the rush to war and demand that the government stop supporting the US war machine immediately."

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