This afternoon two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D'Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) blocked the runway at Shannon airport to express their opposition to the continued use of the airfield by the US military as part of its wars in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. On behalf of the two peace activists, the Galway Alliance Against War released the following statement:
"Over the past twelve years consecutive Irish governments have colluded in Washington's campaign of wars from Afghanistan to Yemen, in which up to 2 million people have perished. By allowing the US military to use Irish airspace and Shannon airport to wage these wars we have become a willing accessory to mass murder. We have blood on our hands.