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Protesting Mass Murder at Shannon

At Shannon Airport yesterday 10 people braved the weather at the monthly Shannonwatch peace vigil. There were two US warplanes at the airport, a US Navy C40 number 16-5833 and a Hercules C130 number RU 16-4598. Our usual force of Gardaí failed to show up initially. So instead of our usual location at the roundabout we decided to walk up towards the airport passed the unmanned police barriers and past the sole airport security officer at the road checkpoint.

Eventually the forces of the state were deployed against us, albeit in a relatively friendly manner. The Gardaí were formally asked to search and investigate the two US military aircraft that were clearly visible to all concerned. A Garda Sergeant took details of the aircraft, and undertook to discuss the matter with his superiors.

Omni Air N207AX - A busy warplane

This Omni Air troop carrier (N207AX) has been employed fulltime for the past several weeks ferrying armed US troops between the USA and the Middle East and back. Here it is landing at Shannon today (Dec 5th), having come from Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha Nebraska.

Omni Air N846AX on Military Operations at Shannon

This aircraft Omni Air International Boeing 777 (registration N846AX) was refueled at Shannon Airport on November 21st.

Here are some of the places its been to in recent times.

International Conference Delegates Protest at US Military Use of Shannon Airport

From November 16th to 18th a historic conference was held at Liberty Hall in Dublin. It was the first International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases, hosted by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA). It was attended by delegates from 35 countries who came together to debate issues relevant to their own country and to the world.

The conference was mindful of the fact that Shannon Airport, located on the other side of the country, is a de facto US military base. Close to three million US troops and their weapons have passed through the airport since 2002 on their way to and from wars in the Middle East. On Monday November 19th several of the delegates visited Shannon and staged an impromptu protest against the US military use of the airport.

Three Warplanes at Shannon

There were at least three US warplanes at Shannon Airport today, possibly carrying up to 1,000 armed US troops through Ireland. These planes with weapons and soldiers on board, sat alongside normal civilian aircraft at the terminal building.

Court report: DPP V Horgan and Dowling

Report from the Court

Today saw another hearing, this time in Court 5, Dublin Circuit Court - Judge Melanie Greally presiding - in a case involving peace activists Edward Horgan and Dan Dowling.  The case relates to the alleged writing of some graffiti (DANGER DANGER DO NOT FLY) on a US war-plane at Shannon Airport on 25 September 2017, and a charge of trespass relating to the same incident which the Ennis District Court has arguably being trying to hold in reserve (or park as they describe it) so that if we are acquitted in the Circuit Court they might have second go at us in the lower District Court.