08DUBLIN289

Classification: 
UNCLASSIFIED
Subject: 
SCENESETTER FOR VISIT OF CODEL LEAHY TO IRELAND
Created: 
21 May 2008
Released: 
26 Aug 2011
Summary: 
A summary of Irish politics for a visiting Congressman. Says the Gov rnment of Ireland remains committed to facilitating US military at Shannon and Dublin despite opposition from "some sources" and public suspicion that they have been used for "terrorist-related renditions". 250,000+ troops passed though Ireland in 2007. Later regarding our position on Iraq: "The USG appreciates Ireland's steadfast support" for the use of Shannon and Dublin despite it being a domestically unpopular decision. Says 1 million+ troops since 2003. 262,000 in 2007.