Easter Vigil 11th April 2009 - While Irish Army and Police Protect US Warplanes Inside the Airport

About 27 people attended an Easter Peace Vigil at Shannon airport. Seven were peace activists, from Shannon, Limerick, Galway, Dublin and Cork, and the remainder were Gardai and airport police. Within the airport fence a US Hercules C 130 warplane was being protected by a unit of the Irish army, and an Omni Air chartered US troopcarrier was also parked in the centre of the aerodrome.

March Figures Show that its War as Usual at Shannon

The March 2009 figures for US military use of Shannon Airport show that the Irish state continues to provide large-scale support for the failed and brutalising occupation of Iraq. Over the course of the month at least 98 commercial airlines used for US troop transport landed at the airport. Most of these were Omni Air International registered planes but they also included a small number of North American Airlines on US military business.

Cyber attack generates publicity in national press

Two Irish activists at the "No to NATO - No to War" Conference in Strasbourg on 3-5 April presented an innovative, hi-tech approach to monitoring transits by US military and CIA aircraft at the supposedly "civilian" airport at Shannon, in the west of Ireland. And the sophisticated cyber warfare that has been waged against their website suggests that their hi-tech surveillance activities present a real threat to the interests of the military-industrial complex.

Shannon Peace Conference - Press Release

A Peace Forum took place at Shannon Airport on the 6th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, in which the Irish Government was a willing participant. The Iraq and Afghan wars have led to the unlawful and unjustified deaths of up to one million people. This forum was held to highlight the need for accountability for the Irish Governments complicity with the war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shannon Peace Vigil 8th March 2009

Below is a series of three videos made at the regular monthly ShannonWatch vigil  on 8th March 2009. The vigil, which is held to highlight the airport's complicity in war and human rights violations, coincided with International Woman's Day, and to mark the occasion a number of speakers addressed the vigil.

1. Dr. Ed Horgan highlights the misuse of Shannonairport by the US Military and the CIA.

Shannon Airport Authority Figures: Only Part of the Story

On January 16th, Shannon Airport Authority confirmed that 256,353 US troops used the airports facilities in 2008. According to figures from the airport authority, the final quarter of 2008 proved to be the busiest quarter for the airport in terms of troop traffic last year.

The full breakdown of "official" troop numbers passing through the airport in 2008 were as follows:

Jan 26,859

Feb 18,830

Mar 21,019