Up to 50 peace and anti-war activists gathered outside Shannon Airport on Sunday March 11th to mark the ninth anniversary of the airport’s involvement in the illegal invasion of Iraq. They called on the Irish government to end the ongoing use of Shannon by the US military, and to investigate years of rendition flights through the airport. The peaceful demonstrators were accompanied by almost as many Gardai and airport police, and barriers were erected to block entry to the airport during the peaceful event.
In 2003 the Irish government allowed Shannon to be used as a base by the US military, despite a clear message from the Irish people that they did not want that to happen. The current Irish government continues the same unacceptable policy by allowing 600 armed troops a day to pass through Shannon on their way to and from Afghanistan. Furthermore, by supporting sanctions against Iran and closing the Irish embassy there, this government seems intent on supporting the same terrible mistakes that led to millions of deaths in Iraq.