[Sinn Fein]

23rd June 1999

No Welcome for British warship

Sinn Fein Councillor Larry O'Toole today described the decision by the Department of Foreign Affairs to allow a British warship into Dublin Port as a disgrace.

Councillor O'Toole said:

``It is disgraceful that this visit has been allowed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. This British warship is not welcome in Dublin and clearly violates Irish neutrality.

``The visit, like that of the RAF Red Arrows to Galway, is clearly part of a propaganda effort to prepare this State for membership of NATO's so-called Partnership for Peace.

``The Salthill invitation to the RAF should be withdrawn because of the British armed forces long and bloody history in Ireland.

``While part of our country is still occupied by British troops, no welcome should be given to these warmongers.''

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