Seanad debates

Friday, 17 December 2004

11:00 am

Photo of Labhrás Ó MurchúLabhrás Ó Murchú (Fianna Fail)

I can understand the surprise and the concern which has been expressed by many commentators on the plight of the three Irish citizens in Colombia. I have come to the conclusion that what we are currently witnessing is a legal fiasco, masquerading as justice. It is a political circus. There are agendas operating here which have nothing to do with the court case. The political tentacles of this case extend far outside Colombia. One has only to listen to the views of Mr. Paisley junior last night and again today to realise the significance of what is happening. I welcome the views of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. What is important for us now in Ireland is not to be distracted by peripheral issues but to consider the central issue, namely, the right of our citizens any place in the world to expect the protection of the State. Nobody can ague against that.


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