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MORE than three quarters of people support Ireland's policy of neutrality.

The Red C poll found 80% of people think Ireland should not back military intervention in Syria without a UN mandate. The survey, conducted for the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, also revealed almost two thirds of people do not want Irish troops sent to the war zone.

Roger Cole, chairperson of Pana, said the poll proved public sentiment towards neutrality is strengthening.

He added: "Irish people fought in the national war of independence against an empire. And one of the consequences of that was that we don't want to get involved in other people's wars."

John Lannon, of neutrality group Shannonwatch, said: "The Government has got to realise now that allowing the US military to use Shannon Airport is unacceptable.

"It was never sanctioned by the Irish people and clearly it is something people don't want. It shows a lack of support for US militarised foreign policy across all age groups, but particularly amongst 18 to 34-year-olds.

"Governments have a duty to heed public opinion. And we see from this public opinion is telling the Irish Government not to have any part in a US attack on Syria."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2013
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