Launch of events for the Miami Five in Dáil Éireann

Speeches from TDs

Dublin, 12 September 2011. –  Free the Miami Five Campaign Ireland launched a series of forthcoming events as part of the international actions to mark the 13th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Miami Five.

Speaking from Leinster House, independent T.D. Finian McGrath reiterated the call for the release of the five Cuban counter-terrorist fighters and highlighted the case of René Gonzalez.  René is the first to serve his full sentence and is due for release on 7 October 2011.  He is to fulfil an additional 3 years probation term in Miami, where his physical integrity will be at risk.

Joined by fellow T.D.s Maureen O’Sullivan (independent) and Pádraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Féin) and representatives of various Trade Unions, Political Parties and solidarity organizations, affiliated to the campaign, he said:

“Today, the Irish Free the Miami Five Campaign is launching a programme of actions in the months of September and October to increase pressure for an end to this gross miscarriage of justice.

We urge you to support the Miami 5 and join us in calling on President Obama to use his presidential powers to release these men and facilitate their safe return home to their people and their families”.