08DUBLIN192

Classification: 
CONFIDENTIAL
Subject: 
SCENESETTER FOR IRISH PRIME MINISTER'S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS
Created: 
11 Apr 2008
Released: 
22 Jul 2011
Summary: 
In this scenesetter for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern address to a Joint Session of Congress on April 30, the Ambassador says he has been steadfast in his support for the US military transits at Shannon and Dublin airports (347,000 troops in 2005). He notes that this is a deeply unpopular policy and the Irish Government has rebuffed repeated calls from oppositions TDs and the public to investigate rendition flights, citing their belief in US assurances. Ambassador says Ahern may note this policy as "Ireland's contribution to the war effort".