28 September 2000 Edition

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Issues carries RAF recruitment ad

'Issues' magazine for 13 -26 September contains a very interesting and commendable article entitled `Ireland and the Arms Race'. It exposes the continuing scandal of massive spending on nuclear and other weapons and the attempts to draw this country into the NATO web.

It highlights also the pressure from the British Royal Air Force for increased spending on its facilities. All this makes it even more scandalous that 'Issues' accepted a full-page recruiting advertisement from the same RAF that was published in the 30 August-12 September issue.

As well as their worldwide role as carriers of nuclear weapons, the RAF still occupies bases in part of Ireland. The reply coupon on the advertisement that Issues carried was addressed to the RAF at Palace Barracks, Hollywood, Belfast.

RAF and British Army helicopters still cause daily disruption to the lives of people in the North East of Ireland, especially in the heavily militarised area of South Armagh. It is a disgrace that these British armed forces should seek to recruit anywhere in this country. It is even more disgraceful that a publication sold in this country should accept their recruiting advertisements.

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has writtent to the editor of Issues magazine Marc Kelly, and stated: ``I have regularly bought Issues and its predecessor Big Issues over a long period, especially as sales directly benefit homeless people and asylum-seekers. I know I speak for many people who have complained to me about this RAF advertisement when I say that I am now unwilling to buy the magazine again until I can be sure that such advertisements will never reappear.''

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