We are astounded to hear the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe say in a Dail debate yesterday (23rd Sept 2015) that Ireland is a neutral country. He handed out permits to over 550 US planes to take munitions through Shannon and Irish airspace since the start of the year, and yet he claims we're neutral.
In response to Dail questions from TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace the Minister said that the number of US troops who have passed through Shannon Airport to date in 2015 is 39,613. He also said that the number of requests his Department received up to the end of August 2015 from civilian aircraft to land at Shannon Airport or pass through Irish airspace while carrying munitions was 566. Of these, one request came from an Irish airline, six requests came from a UK airline, five from a Turkish airline and the remainder came from US airlines.