Almost a year ago Shannonwatch presented a petition to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petition. It called for an investigation into the US Military and CIA use of Shannon Airport and Irish airspace. After our oral and written submission, a delegation from the Committee visited Shannon in October to hear a range of perspectives on the issue. The Committee also engaged with Niall Burgess, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (transcript here), as well as with Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe TD (his statement here), who discussed issues raised in the petition relevant to his Department.
On June 16th the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD appeared before the committee. The transcript of the session is available here, and there are many aspects of what he said that we would challenge or disagree with. Here are some of the main points.