Monday, March 29, 2010

éirígí slam Keaveney suggestion of British troops operating in 26-counties

éirígí Tír Chonaill spokesperson Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig has launched a scathing attack on Fianna Fáil Senator Cecilia Keaveney. MacGiolla Easbuig was responding to comments made today by Keaveney in which she suggested that consideration should be given to allowing British bomb disposal units operate here in the twenty six counties.

MacGiolla Easbuig said: “The comments from Senator Keaveney are truly amazing. Next week, Republicans the length and breadth of this island will commemorate the sacrifice of the women and men of Easter Week who, along with many more before and after the rising, sacrificed their liberty and lives in order to secure the removal of British troops from our shores.”

He added: “While it is bad enough that the occupation of the six counties continues, it is outrageous and indefensible that Keaveney would suggest to invite British troops to operate here in Donegal or elsewhere thoughout this state. It is an insult to all those who fought and died for Irish freedom and an insult to those northern nationalists who continue to live under the British occupation.”

“Such comments serve only to give the green light to the British occupation forces to continue with their incursions into this state. British army helicopters regularly cross over into the twenty six counties, particularly along the Fermanagh border. And in the latest incident, only last week, armed PSNI officers set up a checkpoint and stopped traffic in County Donegal just outside Belleek. The armed officers also entered a shop on the southern side of the border. Yet absolutely no action has been taken by this administration which is led by Senator Keaveney's party Fianna Fáil, the self styled 'republican party'.”

He concluded: “One thing is guaranteed. éirígí will continue to oppose the continued presence of British troops in our country within the six counties. We will equally oppose any attempt by this Fianna Fáil led administration to allow British troops to operate in this state under any circumstances.”

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