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Anti-Plastic Bullets Motion Passed by Dublin Council

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | press release author Tuesday September 08, 2009 13:09author by PRO - éirígíauthor email press at eirigi dot org Report this post to the editors

éirígí chairperson Brian Leeson today [Tuesday] welcomed the decision of Ireland’s largest council to adopt a historic motion calling for the banning of the use of plastic bullets in the Six Counties.
Councillor Louise Minihan with one of the leathal bullets
Councillor Louise Minihan with one of the leathal bullets

The motion, which was proposed by éirígí activist councillor Louise Minihan, received the unanimous backing of Dublin City Council last night [Monday]. Such was the support for the motion that no debate or discussion was required
prior to voting.

The motion stated that: “This council notes with deep concern the firing of plastic bullets by the PSNI in Belfast on July 13 and August 31 2009. These lethal weapons have already killed seventeen Irish citizens and injured and maimed countless others. This council calls for the immediate banning of the use of plastic bullets under any circumstances in the Six Counties before they cause further injury or death.”

Having been adopted by Dublin City Council, the motion will now be circulated to all county and city councils in the Twenty-Six Counties, providing each of these councils with the opportunity to follow the lead of Dublin City.

Prior to the council meeting, more than forty éirígí activists and supporters gathered outside City Hall to protest against plastic bullets and lobby councillors to support the motion calling for their banning . Holding ‘Plastic Bullets Kill’ placards, they mingled with those
attending a protest in support of the striking Dublin dockers, who were also holding a protest to coincide with the monthly council meeting.

Speaking after the adoption of the motion, Brian Leeson said “The adoption of this anti-plastic bullets motion marks a significant step in the campaign to have these barbaric weapons banned. All of the councillors that supported this motion are to be commended for rising above petty party politics and seeing the outlawing of plastic bullets for the human rights issue that it is.

“In adopting this motion, Dublin City Council is sending a very clear message to the occupying authorities and their henchmen in the PSNI – that the firing of plastic bullets at Irish citizens is not acceptable. The adoption of this motion also sends a message of solidarity to the people of the Ardoyne, the Short Strand and the rest of the Six Counties. On too many occasions in the past the elected institutions of the Twenty-Six Counties have been silent with regard to the activities of Britain’s forces in the Six Counties. Hopefully last night’s motion marks a change in this pattern.

“As welcome as the Dublin City motion is, plastic bullets will not be banned as a result of council motions alone. It is only through the building of a mass campaign on the streets, in the elected institutions and within society at large that sufficient pressure will be brought to bear on the British government to outlaw these lethal weapons.

Brian concluded “éirígí is encouraging councillors across the Twenty-Six Counties to support this anti-plastic bullets motion when it comes before their respective councils. People across the state should lobby their councillors to do the right thing and back the motion.”

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Councillors Back Plastic Bullet Initiative     PRO    Tue Sep 08, 2009 13:13 
   Brillant News     Cabra Republican    Tue Sep 08, 2009 13:15 
   Interesting but     Bart Simpson    Wed Sep 09, 2009 07:04 
   All bets are off     herrn town    Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:34 
   Plastic Bullets     Ballyfermot Republican    Wed Sep 09, 2009 13:35 
   Where was SF's motion???     Celia S    Wed Sep 09, 2009 18:52 
   DCC and the Shinner motion     Fergal    Sat Sep 12, 2009 01:50 
   Duh??     Celia S    Sun Sep 13, 2009 20:11 
   Don't need Nah, nah, nah nana!     Diarmuid    Tue Sep 15, 2009 19:06 

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