06DUBLIN235

Classification: 
UNCLASSIFIED
Subject: 
SCENE-SETTER FOR IRISH PRIME MINISTER AHERN'S VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE -- ST. PATRICK'S DAY, 2006
Created: 
7 Mar 2006
Summary: 
Explains in the scene setter that the Irish Government has rebuffed repeated calls from opposition parliamentarians and the public to investigate the alleged use of Shannon Airport for "terrorist renditions". Says that government leaders have cited earlier U.S. assurances that no such practice involves Ireland, and that Prime Minister Ahern would like to say after his White House discussions that those assurances stand. Also notes that the Irish Government remains committed to facilitate U.S. military transits at Shannon AND Dublin Airports.