Lack of Progress on Suspect Rendition Flights Through Shannon - Yet Another Irish Government Failure

Shannonwatch supports Amnesty International's call on the Irish Government to tighten up legislation around Irish airspace so that foreign civilian aircraft that might be engaged in renditions, and have detailed passenger information, could be identified.

Irish Police refuse to search US Warplanes at Shannon

Garda Sergeant in Charge at Shannon airport asked Edward Horgan to produce evidence that the US Hercules warplane at Shannon was carrying dangerous munitions or war-criminals. When Edward Horgan attempted to go towards the airport to get such evidence he was prevented from doing so by Gardai.

Meanwhile about 1000 US troops and an unknown quantity of munitions may have passed through Shannon during the day.

And in Afghanistan, people died because of the US-led war of occupation assisted by some Irish Army soldiers.

October military flights through Shannon

October saw a drop in US Airforce (USAF) and troop plane numbers landing at Shannon and flying over. Shannonwatch recorded 58 troop carriers at Shannon in October compared to 68 the previous month. Over 200 commercial airlines carrying US troops or cargo passed through Irish airspace during the month.

In addition, Shannonwatch also logged 13 USAF executive jets, 5 Hercules C-130's and 8 C-9's (the military version of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airline) at Shannon during October.

There were also at least two Volga-Dnepr flights through Shannon, and 3 - 4 Kalitta air flights (in the few days between 29th October and 1st November). Both carriers are known to transport munitions and military supplies.

October also saw a return to Shannon of some planes suspected in the past of being involved in renditions. These included N404AC on October 28th and Phoenix Air's N54PA on October 31st.

American Statement of Support for PANA and Shannonwatch

American Statement of Support for the Peace & Neutrality Alliance and Shannonwatch and their Opposition to Irish Participation in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

As American peace activists working to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we support the efforts of our colleagues in the Irish peace movement to draw attention to and to oppose the use of Shannon Airport by the Pentagon as part of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In particular, we support the demonstration called by PANA & Shannonwatch for October 10, 2010, marking the ninth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan.

Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy

John Feffer, Co-Director, Foreign Policy in Focus*

Tom Hayden, Peace and Justice Resource Center, Culver City, CA

Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Peace Action

Judith LeBlanc, National Field Organizer, Peace Action

Medea Benjamin, Co-founder, CODEPINK

Gael Murphy, Co-founder, CODEPINK

Dave Robinson, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA

Ray McGovern, Tell the Word, Church of the Saviour, Washington, DC

End the Afghan War - U.S. Army Out Of Shannon Airport

Date: 
Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - 14:00 - 15:00

On Sunday October 10th a demonstration will be held at Shannon Airport to mark the start of the present war in Afghanistan, to remember the innocent victims of this war, and to call for an end to Shannon's role in it. This demonstration is being organised by Shannonwatch and the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA).

Shannon Airport's Viability - U.S. Military are Part of the Problem, not the Solution

Peace activists in the mid-west support calls for Shannon Airport to be maintained as a viable travel hub for the region, with increased routes and traffic. However, they warn that this should not be done by relying on U.S. military traffic. When it comes to ensuring the viability of Shannon Airport, the war business is part of the problem, not the solution.