There's a lot Ireland can do for People Fleeing from War

As people flee from countries ravaged by war and poverty and European governments shut their doors in their faces, we have responsibilities as human beings to act. We must demand that our governments do everything they can to end the cruel deaths we see happening in the backs of lorries, in the sea, in other parts of the long tortuous journeys that the people of Syria, Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere undertake in order to stay alive.

US Warplanes still being refuelled at Shannon Airport

On Tuesday 1st September at about 9am a US Navy transport plane was being refuelled at Shannon Airport, and being protected by the Irish Defence Forces and Gardaí. It was a C40 type aircraft number 8980 capably of carrying troops or military war materials. The refusal by the Irish Government to search such aircraft so as to confirm that they are not in breach of international laws on neutrality means that no such military aircraft should be allowed land on Irish territory, and if they do land, for example in an emergency, and are found to be carrying war materials or soldiers on their way to war, then, under customary international laws, these aircraft and their military passengers should be arrested and interned for the duration of such war. Ironically the duration of the present U.S. Led war on Terror could go on for decades, because instead of the promised quick "surgical strikes" on Afghanistan and Iraq, the US has plunged the Middle East and North Africa into ongoing and growing chaos.

Remembering Everyone Killed by Military Aircraft

The vintage Hawker Hunter fighter plane that crashed on to a busy roadway during an air show in Shoreham, Sussex on 22 August also performed at recent air shows in Ireland at Shannon, Bray and Foynes. Between them these were attended by up to 150,000 people.

The aircarft might just as easily have crashed on one of these shows causing many deaths including children.

US Military Landings at Baldonnel Aerodrome

Anti-war demonstration at Baldonnel in April 2006 (from http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75493)

A revelation at the end of last year that didn't get any media coverage was brought to our attention again this week. It related to the US military use of the aerodrome at Baldonnel, which is happening with similar lack of oversight as they are allowed to use of Shannon. This is a further violation of Irish neutrality and probably other international laws, and its scale needs further investigation.

In December last, Seán Crowe TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if US military aircraft had landed in Baldonnel Aerodrome between January 2001 and December 2014.

Bloody War Business Continues at Shannon Airport

Today 12th August 2015 at noon there were three US warplanes at Shannon. Two were Omni Air International chartered planes carrying up to 300 armed US troops each, which is almost a full battalion of troops. The other was a US Marine Corps Hercules C130t-30 Marine Aerial Refueller. According to the usual spiel, or guff, by our government this warplane was not on military operations, or military exercises, and was not engaged in intelligence gathering, and was not carrying any arms, weapons, munitions or war materials. What other possible explanation is there for its presence at Shannon Airport???

Of course the plane itself is a weapon of war, and of course it was carrying US soldiers who can be seen in the photo near the door of the warplane, and being a US marine warplane, it is virtually certain that it did not leave the US or its airbase wherever without having weapons on board. The Irish people are being lied to by our Government.

Peace Vigils Continue at Shannon

As the US military continue to use Shannon Airport as a virtual forward base for its global wars, Shannonwatch continues to hold regular peace vigils at the airport on the second Sunday of every month. The August peace vigil took place on Sunday 9th at 2pm; it was a small gathering this month but it was nonetheless a reminder to the authorities and the public that Shannon Airport is still complicit in war and human rights abuse.

As always the vigil was held at the small roundabout just before the airport entrance, as the Gardai who refuse to search the warplanes will not allow peaceful opposition these warplanes inside the airport.