Over the last few weeks it has come to our attention that the Irish government may not know what US military planes are coming through Shannon.
Here's a photograph of a US Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules, registration 168073/QH, at Shannon on October 1st 2014. It is a mid-air refuelling tanker and its primary purpose is to refuel other US Air Force planes.
The Irish government Minister with responsibility for US military landings at Shannon is Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan. Here's what he said on October 7th when Clare Daly TD asked him for his views "on a Hercules C130, registration number 16/8073 being in Shannon Airport on 1 October 2014 at 9 a.m":
"The Shannon Airport Authority has confirmed that no aircraft matching this description landed at Shannon airport on 1 October 2014."