The Irish Anti-War Movement calls on the government to withdraw an offer of refuelling facilities to American military aircraft.

At a news conference in Dublin, the movement claimed the bombing would make the crisis in Afghanistan worse and would do nothing to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks on the United States.

The movement is supported by the Green Party, the Socialist Party and the Independent TD Seamus Healy.

Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party believes that the bombing campaign in Afghanistan will not work and will serve to further destabilise the region. He fears that it will result in a huge number of innocent civilians being killed.

It's clear that the bombing campaign will not solve any of the problems in the Middle East.

Green Party leader John Gormley is critical of the government’s position which he says does not have the agreement of Dáil Éireann which is required under the Irish constitution. He describes the military action as counterproductive and without a United Nations mandate.

This military action does not have a UN mandate.

The government insists that the offer of assistance to the United States was made in the context of United Nations resolutions which commits member states to assist in combating terrorism. The government says that the approval of the Dáil in offering assistance is not required.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 October 2001. The reporter is David McCullagh.