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Hiding our Neutrality instead of Promoting it

This US air force Hercules C130 warplane was at Shannon Airport tonight, July 2nd, being protected by a combination of a Garda security team, Shannon Airport security, and an Irish Defence Forces security team.

Ennis Circuit Court Report, June 29th (2018)

Here is the court report from June 29th at Ennis Circuit Court, where Judge Gerald Keys ruled that the cases of Colm Roddy, Dave Donnellan, Dan Dowling and Edward Horgan should be transferred from Ennis Circuit Court to Dublin Circuit court. This means a trial by jury in Dublin. We have no doubt but that all these cases will eventually be dismissed, as they should be, either on grounds of justification of for technical legal reasons.

Our court reporter has been in many courtrooms over the last decade or so. It's not often that what's said and done in them surprises him. But this day's proceedings did. Here's his report from June 29th.

The four defendants, Ed Horgan, Dan Dowling, Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy have been trying to have their cases transferred to Dublin from the moment they first set foot in the Circuit Court after the judge in the District Court refused jurisdiction.

Today was judgement day, with regard to that effort.

The defendants were in the courtroom for 10.30am and Judge Keys arrived shortly thereafter. They were the only defendants in the room.

KC-10 Emergency Landing at Shannon - Still a lot of Questions to be Answered

On June 3rd it was reported that a military aerial refuelling aircraft had made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport. It was a US Air Force McDonnell Douglas KC-10, and initial reports said it suffered a problem with one of its engines over the Atlantic.

Five fire brigade units were sent from Shannon Town and two more from Ennis in support of the airport's Fire and Rescue Service. The National Ambulance Service and Gardaí also sent resources to the airport.

According to local reports, an inspection of the aircraft afterwards discovered that a panel was missing from the jet's left engine.

Bringing Peaceful Protest to Shannon

The first citizen of Dublin, Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha joined us at Shannon for our June peace vigil calling for an end to the US military use of the airport. Around 25 peaceful demonstrators took part, with people from Clare, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Dublin joining with locals from Shannon Town.

Approximately the same number of Gardai blocked our access to the airport, with approximately 10 vehicles, several airport police officers, and a line of crown control barriers to help them.

Meanwhile a US military aerial refuelling aircraft sat in plain sight of the terminal building. The KC-10 had made an emergency landing last weekend, after it developed a problem with one of its engines while refuelling fighter planes over the Atlantic. It isn’t clear if the refuelling was taking place inside or outside Irish airspace; if it was inside it would be in clear breach of even the lax guidelines that the Irish government have laid down for US military planes.

Another Day in Court for the Shannon Four (Peace Activists)

Photo shows some of the defendants making the RESISTANCE sign outside Ennis Court

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday (13th April), the Shannon Four, protesters against US military use of Shannon Airport, were once again before the courts. In the cases involving two of the four, Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan, it was their 18th court appearance with still no trial in sight.

On May 25th 2016, Colm and Dave entered Shannon Airport at the break of day to search and investigate two US military aircraft that were at the airport. Security at the airport was so effective that no one noticed them as they walked across the airport for over one mile, waving an Irish tricolor flag, 2016 being the centenary of Irish independence, and Colm and Dave wishing to help restore Irish sovereignty over Shannon Airport.

Condemnation of Overnight Attacks Carried out by Western Powers in Syria

Joint Statement by Peace and Neutrality Alliance and by World Beyond War

The Peace and Neutrality Alliance along with World Beyond War condemns unreservedly the overnight attacks carried out by Western powers on the Syrian Arab Republic.

The pretext for this offensive is that a chemical weapons attack has allegedly been carried out by the Syrian Government and that international law banning prohibiting chemical weapons must be upheld. Given that the bombing of a sovereign state is itself a violation of international law, we are being asked to believe that international law must be broken in order that it be upheld -- a manifest absurdity.

Whether or not the Syrian Government has violated international law is a matter for appropriate authorities such as the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court to decide, based on the available evidence. The fact that the US, UK and France are not pursuing this course of action owes to the lack of any such evidence.