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CAEUC Noto Lisbon Press Conference and Public Launch
international | eu | news report Tuesday August 18, 2009 22:05 by Michael Gallagher - Photographer libertypics at yahoo dot ie
Today at UNITE Hall and Liberty Hall, the CAEUC held a press conference and official public launch of the No to Lisbon campaign.
Mary Lou McDonald TD (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Bríd Smyth (People Before Profit) and Joe Higgins MEP (Socialist Party) at the press conference in UNITE Hall.
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It is vital to make the connection between the Lisbon Treaty Referendum and US military use of Shannon airport. The militarisation of the European Union goes hand in armoured glove with the militarisation of Western society, epitomised by NATO, so that Western elite groups, especially privilidged politicians and their business clients can continue to exploit the majority world and to gain access to an undue share of the world's resources.
Over one million US troops have passed through Shannon airport over the past 7 years, causing the deaths of over one million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. This makes the Irish people complicit in crimes against humanity.
Please attend the Peace Conference, details below at Shannon airport on 5 September and support the peace camps and peaceful protests at Shannon airport over the weekend 5/6 September, and right up to and beyond the Lisbon Treay Referendum
International Peace Conference
War, NATO and the Lisbon Treaty
Saturday 5th of September 2009
at the Park Inn, Shannon Airport,
Co. Clare, Ireland
Cllr. Richard Boyd Barrett, Chair of the Irish Anti-War Movement
Harry van Bommel, Spokesperson for European Affairs Dutch Socialist Party
Jeremy Corbyn MP, British CND
Reiner Braun, Co-ordinator, The Anti-NATO Network
John Feffer, Co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus, USA
Joe Higgins MEP, the Socialist Party
Ed Horgan, International Secretary Peace & Neutrality Alliance
George Katrabelias, Editor of Rixi, Greece
Mary Lou McDonald, Vice-Chair Sinn Fein
Patricia McKenna, Chair of the The People’s Movement
Tobias Pfluger, Die Linke, Germany
Christophe Ventura, Parti De Gauche, France
There are a limited number of spaces so book early. Conference fees are: waged €25,
Unwaged free. Please send fee, name and address payable to PANA:
Dalkey Business Centre, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Lunch is available in the hotel restaurant. Accommodation is also available.
Contact the Park Hotel, Shannon Airport Tel: +353 61 471 122
The Conference is being organised jointly by the Peace & Neutrality Alliance and the Irish Anti-War Movement.
For more details contact PANA at: +3531 2351512 or the IAWM at:+3531 8727912 or Edward Horgan 086-3539911
Well done Michael - well done Edward.
The Press Conference was an unqualified success - 17 media people were there both irish and international - Google News had 82 links to it and all the printed and electronic media covered it. With some expected 'responses' from Pat the Cope, the YES Generation and the mainstream Fianna Fail Party.
The Liberty Hall meeting ditto- we filled the room, standing room only. Excellent presentations from Joe Higgins, Mary Lou McDonald, UNITE's Jimmy Kelly and Bob Crowe and a very constructive discussion from the floor. Brid Smith from People Before Profit and UNITE chaired both events.
Now launched the No to Lisbon Campaign is organising a number of meetings around the country - we also have a new updated leaflet ready to be collected for distribution from the Campaign Office : UNITE building, 55-56 Middle Abbey Street Dublin 1. Our office phone number is 01-8727912, the campaign email email@example.com and the campaign website www.sayno.ie.
Re: the Shannon Conference . We have organised a 26-seater bus leaving Dublin early on Saturday morning and returning in the evening. Fare: €20 return. 7 places left - if interested, please contact the office.
What is most noteworthy is the united action by very different political groups. Great to see that. It's clear from the way the media coverage is kicking off that all on the No side will be subjected to sustained and quite personal attack, see Patsy McGarry's piece in the Irish Times last week. This sort of thing needs to be countered.