04DUBLIN1739

Classification: 
SECRET
Subject: 
SHANNON: GOI UNDER PRESSURE BUT NO CHANGE IN POLICY
Created: 
2 Dec 2004
Released: 
30 Aug 2011
Summary: 
Embassy meeting with Keith McBean, the Department of Foreign Affairs' Chief of International Security Policy. McBean said that the Irish government felt increasingly under pressure regarding U.S.military's use of Shannon. He also cautioned that if it were ever to be discovered that the U.S. had transported prisoners through Shannon in the context of the war on terrorism, there would be "enormous political pressure on the government". And he said that were a plane to include Shannon in an itinerary that also included transporting prisoners, Government of Ireland (GOI) lawyers "might be forced to conclude that the GOI itself was in violation of torture conventions".