Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has condemned this morning’s airstrikes in Syria by the US, Britain and France.

Speaking today Teachta Crowe said;

“Like most people waking up to this morning’s news I am saddened and appalled at these aerial attacks. There is nothing smart about this technology, it is designed to kill people on a massive scale and there is no justification for these attacks.

“I condemn this morning’s airstrikes in Syria in the strongest terms possible.

“The US, Britain and France are not neutral, having armed and supported various protagonists. They have no credibility when it comes to peaceful settlements to conflicts in this region.They need to desist from their military interventionism.

“Intensification of the military conflict is clearly not a credible way to save Syrian lives. The deployment of more Western forces in Syria, or any further bombing of that country, will not bring an end or shorten this conflict in any way.

“What is now needed is a lasting ceasefire in Syria to make way for a political solution to the conflict there. Inclusive dialogue with all parties is the only workable solution that will lead to a lasting settlement.

“I believe lreland, in view of our own difficult past can and should play a positive role now in promoting dialogue.

“The Irish Government also needs to increase its humanitarian response by supporting the Syrian people and by reaching its own targets for the resettlement and relocation of Syrian refugees to Ireland.”