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.

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.

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.

Handover of Shannon Airport to the U.S. Military Must be Explained

While most of the world was turning green for St Patrick's Day, Ireland was committing itself to an ongoing role in the unjustified war being waged in Afghanistan. President Barrack Obama thanked the Irish Government for allowing US troops to stop off at Shannon Airport on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

2009 - Another Year of Foreign Military Might at Shannon Airport

Over 1,330 U.S. troop carriers and other military aircraft passed through Shannon Airport in 2009. This meant that around 5,000 troops plus their weapons transited through the airport every week, as did contracted cargo planes and other military aircraft on their way to and from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Integrity

Derry Anti-War Coalition and Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign. Supported by Shannonwatch.

Shannon Airport’s Ongoing Involvement in War Needs to be Challenged

Seven years after the U.S. military were given the use of Shannon Airport for the invasion of Iraq, in breach of international laws on neutrality, the airport continues to provide vital logistical support for two wars. Around 5000 troops plus their weapons transit through the airport every week, as do contracted cargo planes and other military aircraft on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over Three Flights A Day Carrying U.S. Weapons of War Through Ireland

A total of 1276 civilian flights were granted permits to carry weapons and munitions of war through Ireland in 2009. The vast majority of these were from American civil airlines, chartered by the US military, and involved flights to or from the United States. Almost all landed at Shannon Airport. 

Plane grounded at Shannon after emergency landing – Garda action highlights inconsistency of inspection policy at the airport

Shannonwatch welcomes reports that Gardai have exercised their powers to board and inspect a foreign aircraft at Shannon today (http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0113/shannon.html). However it shows the selective nature of the Gardai's exercise of duty in this regard. On numerous occasions they have been informed of suspect rendition planes at the airport, but have never, as far as is known, carried out an inspection of one of these planes.