Report on Court Hearing - Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan (July 20th, 2016)

Ennis District Court, Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Judge Patrick Durcan presiding.

Inspector Tom Kennedy prosecuting.

Cases

Garda O'Brien v Colm Roddy
Garda Moriarty v Dave Donnellan

Background

The charges arise from an incident at Shannon Airport on May 25th where the defendants made a peaceful protest at Shannon Airport and attempted to inspect a US military aircraft that was parked in the middle of the airfield.

The day after the action after spending a day in custody, the men were brought before recently appointed judge James Faughnan, in Gort District Court.

Judge Faughnan granted a request from Garda Superintendent Brendan McDonagh that the defendants bail would include a ban from entering the county of Clare other than for court related matters. He ignored the objections of Mr Roddy that the restrictions were unfair.

Over 25,000 Troops Through Shannon So Far This Year

The Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport, the formerly independent-minded Shane Ross TD, has provided details of the ongoing use of Shannon Airport by the US Military. The man who is on record as saying "We are not a neutral nation; we are a neutered nation" has confirmed that in the first half of this year he has sanctioned the transit of 25,890 US soldiers through Shannon.  The monthly breakdown is January - 5999; February - 3679; March - 3668; April - 4182; May - 3811; June - 4551.

The number of requests Minister Ross's Department received to date in 2016 from civilian aircraft to land at Shannon Airport or pass through Irish airspace while carrying munitions was 475. Of these, 447 were issued with permits.

We need Irish version of Chilcot

Letter from Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch, printed in today's Irish Examiner.

During the month of June, while Nato exercises were taking place in Poland, I photographed a large number of US military aircraft at Shannon airport, including mid-air refuelling aircraft, whose only purpose is to refuel other military aircraft in mid-air. On July 12, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD gave a written reply to Clare Daly TD, who had asked the Minister "to ascertain from the United States Government if any of the US military aircraft that transited through Shannon Airport during the month of June 2016, were involved in any capacity, in supporting military exercises in Poland or elsewhere." Minister Flanagan replied as follows: "The US Embassy has reconfirmed details which it had provided previously in relation to the aircraft that transited through Shannon Airport last month. The Embassy has reconfirmed that the aircraft were unarmed, carried no arms, ammunition or explosives and did not engage in intelligence gathering. The Embassy further reconfirmed that the aircraft were not part of a military operation or exercise. Permission for landings by these aircraft was granted subject to these conditions."

Aircraft Linked to Renditions Back at Shannon

Shannon Airport has seen plenty of torture planes come and go - none of which were investigated by the authorities. Today (July 1st) one of them was back, although of course we don't know why it was there. We just know it was at US military facilities in Maryland and Alaska in the days before its arrival at Shannon this morning at 9.43am.

A Call For Action in Warsaw during the NATO Summit (8-10 July 2016)

(From the No to War - No to NATO network, http://www.no-to-nato.org/)

The next NATO summit is planned to take place in Warsaw on 8-9 July. This summit will be held during a period of wars, heightened global instability and conflict. The wars raged by the West in the Middle East and Afghanistan have left hundreds of thousands dead; destroyed these countries' infrastructure and ruined the conditions for political stability and social peace. The terrorism that has spread around the world is a terrible legacy of these conflicts.

Millions of refugees have been forced to flee their homes in search of a safe place for them and their families to live. And when they reach the shores of Europe and the USA, they often meet hostility and racism from those very countries that started the wars from which they are escaping.

Weekend Report from US Airbase Shannon

This weekend at Shannon Airport the US military were passing through in significant numbers, on the road to God-knows-where without anyone in the Irish Government seeming to care.

On Saturday morning 25 June at 8am there were two warplanes at the airport. One was US Navy C40 Clipper, capable of carrying troops or military cargo, and the other was a US Marine Corps C-9 Skytrain logistics aircraft. These aircraft are used to provide cargo and passenger transportation as well as forward deployment logistics support, and special missions.

On Sunday 26 June (today) at 4.45pm there were two more US warplanes at Shannon. One was hiding in "plain clothes" in the guise of civilian aircraft owned by Omni Air International. As it was parked at Gate 42 it was most likely carrying US troops. The other warplane was a Hercules C130, US Marine Corps, Lockheed KC-130J, tail number QB-8068, and it was clearly carrying some US troops of some type.