Shannon Airport’s Ongoing Involvement in War Needs to be Challenged

Seven years after the U.S. military were given the use of Shannon Airport for the invasion of Iraq, in breach of international laws on neutrality, the airport continues to provide vital logistical support for two wars. Around 5000 troops plus their weapons transit through the airport every week, as do contracted cargo planes and other military aircraft on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over Three Flights A Day Carrying U.S. Weapons of War Through Ireland

A total of 1276 civilian flights were granted permits to carry weapons and munitions of war through Ireland in 2009. The vast majority of these were from American civil airlines, chartered by the US military, and involved flights to or from the United States. Almost all landed at Shannon Airport. 

Plane grounded at Shannon after emergency landing – Garda action highlights inconsistency of inspection policy at the airport

Shannonwatch welcomes reports that Gardai have exercised their powers to board and inspect a foreign aircraft at Shannon today (http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0113/shannon.html). However it shows the selective nature of the Gardai's exercise of duty in this regard. On numerous occasions they have been informed of suspect rendition planes at the airport, but have never, as far as is known, carried out an inspection of one of these planes.

The Real Cost of US Military Use of Shannon Airport

Comments by the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern that the annual security bill at Shannon for US military traffic is justified (Irish Examiner, 4 Jan) shows scant regard for the lives or human rights of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shannon Airport may still be a Stop-off for Illegal Rendition Flights

Shannonwatch are concerned at the ongoing use of Shannon airport by companies and planes associated with the illegal US rendition program. Since March 2009, five aircraft that have been identified by Amnesty International, the EU Parliament or other sources have been recorded there.

Global Injustices and Violations of Civil Liberties Go Hand in Hand at Shannon

Every day the war machines roll through Shannon, as the innocent populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere suffer the brutal consequences of neo-liberal occupation. The Gardai react by mounting public displays of strength against half a dozen innocent protestors, while claiming to have no opinions or authority over the cargos and personnel passing through the airport.

Typical State response to a peaceful vigil at Shannon