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.

Airport Authorities at Shannon Guilty of Incompetence as well as Profiteering from War

In response to media reports that Shannon Airport faces the loss of US troop transfer business, Shannonwatch once again emphasises that war is not an acceptable business model for the airport.

Tony Blair Should be Answering For Millions of Deaths, Not Selling Books in Ireland

Shannonwatch plan to use the proposed visit by former British prime minister Tony Blair to Ireland on September 3rd and 4th to express their outrage at the lack of accountability for the suffering and death he inflicted on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. A demonstration will be held in Limerick City Centre at 1pm on Thursday 2nd September to draw attention to Mr.