Irish Government Minister's Complicity in Torture

The Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and Shannonwatch express their concern and outrage at information concerning former Foreign Minister Dermott Ahern’s meeting with former US Ambassador Foley in 2007. The information which is revealed in a released Wikileaks cable relates to the use of Shannon airport for rendition of prisoners to Guantanamo and elsewhere, where many of them were tortured.

In a reported meeting, Ahern had been “quite convinced” that the United States had operated “at least three flights involving [prisoner] renditions” through the airport, stopping there to refuel before traveling back to the United States. Yet Dermot Ahern, Brian Cowen, and Bertie Ahern were all happy to publicly declare that they accepted the word of the United States Government that no such flights had occurred. In so doing, it is likely they have been guilty of knowingly misinforming the Irish people, given that they either knew or should have known that Shannon airport was used extensively to refuel CIA and other rendition flights.

American Peace Activist Chuck Fager to Speak in Limerick

American peace activist and author Chuck Fager will speak at the Quaker Meeting House, Southville Gardens, Ballinacurra, Limerick on Sunday 12th December at 8pm. The event is being co-hosted by the Limerick Society of Friends (Quakers) and Shannonwatch.

Chuck Fager is an American activist and author, and the director of Quaker House in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This is a peace witness project that has been in existence since 1969. It is located beside Fort Bragg, one of the largest military bases in the United States. US flights linked to renditions have take off from nearby airfields in North Carolina, and many of these have landed at Shannon for refueling or other purposes. Reports from the European Parliament, the Irish Human Rights Commission and others have expressed concerns over Ireland’s facilitation of these flights.

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.

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.

Shannonwatch Supports Demonstrations against Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla

Shannonwatch condemns the brutal attack by the Israeli Defence Forces on the six humanitarian aid ships in the 'Freedom Flotilla' to Gaza, and the murder of between 9 and 20 civilians on board one of the ships. This was a gross violation of international law, and it should be investigated fully and independently with those responsible held accountable.

Government Misses Opportunity to Review Irish Involvement in War

The return of Omni Air International flights to Shannon over the weekend indicates that its back to the business of war as usual for the airport and its staff. Over the weekend (Friday to Sunday), 12 of their U.S. troop carrier aircraft landed at the airport.

Irish Neutrality Temporarily Restored Thanks to Volcanic Ash

U.S. military traffic through Shannon was down significantly in April due to the spread of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. The ongoing presence of this ash in and around Irish airspace has now resulted in the re-routing of all troop and military cargo flights through different bases worldwide. Since early May there have been no U.S. Air Force cargo or troop carriers at Shannon. Clearly the U.S.

The Unsustainability of War as a Business Model for Shannon Airport is Now Exposed

Following on from a decision by the U.S. military and their main troop carrier to re-route their traffic through different military bases and airports, it has been reported that Shannon Airport-based companies are temporarily laying-off staff.