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Fifteen Years of Direct Action at Shannon

Since the shameful handover of Shannon Airport to the US military in 2002, a small number of peace activists have taken it upon themselves to take direct action to highlight the criminality of what is going on there. The latest two actiwists to take action, Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan, will appear in Ennis court on Sept 14th. This is not a full hearing but we nonetheless call on as many supporters as possible to get there to support them.  

Direct action comes at a personal cost for those who act. But because it is a physical act, it often speaks louder and deeper than anything activists might say or write. In effect, the action itself tells the story.

The list below provides a timely reminder of some of the direct action events at Shannon over the years. Thanks to a long-time friend and supporter of direct action and anti-war activism for compiling the list.

International Day of Peace Wed 21 September 2016 - Invitation to Peace Vigil in Dublin

From Veterans for Peace Ireland

Here are some extracts from the UN's website for this international day of peace.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day's theme for 2016 is "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations ... in September 2015. ... It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

Marking 15 Years of Terror since the US Invasion of Afghanistan: A Weekend of Events at Shannon Airport (Oct 8/9, 2016)

Shannonwatch is hosting a series of events at Shannon Airport on October 8th and 9th to mark the 15th anniversary of the illegal US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Please email us on shannonwatch@gmail.com if you are interested in attending some or all of what is planned.

Background

15 years after the US invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of a "war on terror" and on the flawed basis of UN resolution 1368, the country is in chaos. So too are Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Palestine and Syria where hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in brutal attacks on the ground or from the air. Millions of people have had to flee from these conflicts, only to be met by more brutality when they sought refuge in Europe.

The World Must Support Ireland Against U.S. Wars

A Letter to Ireland from World Beyond War.

Add your name to the petition here.

Those of us outside Ireland, and in particular those of us in the United States, have a pressing and urgent responsibility to lend all the support we can to our brothers and sisters in Ireland who are resisting U.S. wars.

Despite Ireland's officially neutral status and its claim to have not gone to war since its founding in 1922, Ireland allowed the United States to use Shannon Airport during the Gulf War and, as part of the so-called coalition of the willing, during the wars that began in 2001. Between 2002 and the present date, over 2.5 million U.S. troops have passed through Shannon Airport, along with many weapons, and CIA airplanes used to transfer prisoners to places of torture. Casement Aerodrome has also been used. And, despite not being a member of NATO, Ireland has sent troops to participate in the illegal war on Afghanistan.

Report on Court Hearing - Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan (July 20th, 2016)

Ennis District Court, Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Judge Patrick Durcan presiding.

Inspector Tom Kennedy prosecuting.

Cases

Garda O'Brien v Colm Roddy
Garda Moriarty v Dave Donnellan

Background

The charges arise from an incident at Shannon Airport on May 25th where the defendants made a peaceful protest at Shannon Airport and attempted to inspect a US military aircraft that was parked in the middle of the airfield.

The day after the action after spending a day in custody, the men were brought before recently appointed judge James Faughnan, in Gort District Court.

Judge Faughnan granted a request from Garda Superintendent Brendan McDonagh that the defendants bail would include a ban from entering the county of Clare other than for court related matters. He ignored the objections of Mr Roddy that the restrictions were unfair.

Over 25,000 Troops Through Shannon So Far This Year

The Minister for Transport,Tourism and Sport, the formerly independent-minded Shane Ross TD, has provided details of the ongoing use of Shannon Airport by the US Military. The man who is on record as saying "We are not a neutral nation; we are a neutered nation" has confirmed that in the first half of this year he has sanctioned the transit of 25,890 US soldiers through Shannon.  The monthly breakdown is January - 5999; February - 3679; March - 3668; April - 4182; May - 3811; June - 4551.

The number of requests Minister Ross's Department received to date in 2016 from civilian aircraft to land at Shannon Airport or pass through Irish airspace while carrying munitions was 475. Of these, 447 were issued with permits.