Aircraft Searches Announced for Dublin Airport. Isn't it Time to do the Same at Shannon?

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced that new security measures are being implemented at Dublin Airport - but not Shannon - as a result of a European audit of airport security. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning (15 May) he stated that these measures included searching of all aircraft transiting through Dublin airport. However he went on to say that this applied to Dublin airport only and not to other Irish airports.

While such improvements in airport security are welcome, it begs the question as to why such measures are not to be enforced at all Irish airports. In particular why does it not apply to Shannon Airport, where successive Irish governments have failed to ensure that Gardai and airport security search or investigate US military and CIA aircraft. This has resulted in Shannon Airport being used to facilitate the so-called “extraordinary rendition” of prisoners, some of whom have been tortured, and the likelihood that some US soldiers transiting through Shannon have been guilty of war crimes. Investigations by the European Parliament (TDIP Committee, Council of Europe, Amnesty International, and UN Human Rights Committee have all indicated that CIA aircraft associated with “extraordinary rendition” had been repeatedly refuelled at Shannon airport, and Wikileaks revelations showed that Irish Government ministers were aware of this.

See RTE report on Minister's announcement.

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