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US Veterans for Peace Protest against US Military Base at Shannon Airport

Press Conference - Buswell's Hotel Dublin, 11am Friday, MArch 15th, 11am

Public Meeting - Connolly Books, 43 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Friday March 15th, 7pm

Protest - Shannon Airport St Patrick's Day Sunday March 17th, 2pm

Why? Because up to one million [1,000,000] children have died due to US-led wars in the Middle East since 1991

Six US Veterans For Peace (VFP), including two Iraq combat veterans will be in Ireland from March 14th to the 20th. They will be speaking publicly about the proliferation of US wars and of the disrespect shown by the US military for Ireland's traditional neutrality. The two recent combat veterans will tell their experience of having been transported with their weapons via Shannon Airport, in direct violation of Irish neutrality. Members of this group have also been to the West Bank in Palestine, standing with Palestinian nonviolent resistance.

Ministerial Merry-go-round and Double-speak about Shannon

The last few months has seen ongoing refusals by government Ministers to answer about the US military use of Shannon. Three ministers, Simon Coveney (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade), Shane Ross (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport) and Charlie Flanagan (Minister for Justice and Equality) have all shown clearly that they intend to avoid providing proper information to their fellow TDs and those of us in civil society who demand answers. Here's a sample of what we've got from them since October.

Peace Activism at Shannon on International Women's Day

At Shannon today, International Women's Day, a group of activists for Clare and Galway carried out a protest against US military use, or abuse, of Shannon Airport. It was led by the indomitable peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy.

One group of women assembled at the roundabout on the road into the airport while Margaretta led another group within the airport terminal building. Inside the terminal they lay on the floor wearing white death masks and commenced wailing in memory of the hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children who have died as a result of US led resource wars in the Middle East.

Raging Grannies Day of Mourning at Shannon Airport - March 8th

A group of women known as the Raging Grannies will hold a Day of Mourning at Shannon Airport on March 8th, International Women's Day, starting at 11am. In doing so they will draw attention to the fact that the airport has been complicit in deaths all across the Middle East, with US troops passing through practically every day of the week.

Up to one million children have died due to US-led wars in the Middle East since 1991. This includes over 500,000 Iraqi children who died due to US/UN sanctions in the 1990s. US Secretary of State Madeline Albright said their deaths 'were worth it'

US Military Planes At Shannon 26th February 2019

Tuesday morning 26 Feb 2019 there were at least five aircraft on contract to the US military carrying probably over 1,000 armed US soldiers and their weapons at Shannon Airport

Shannon is Becoming a bit like Home for the US Military

At Shannon today (23rd Feb), one United States of America executive Boeing C40C, number 09-0540 and one lame-duck Omni Air US troop carrier N207AX being protected for the past 5 days by a joint Garda and Irish Army patrols while it undergoes some repairs.