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.

The Real Cost of US Military Use of Shannon Airport

Comments by the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern that the annual security bill at Shannon for US military traffic is justified (Irish Examiner, 4 Jan) shows scant regard for the lives or human rights of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shannon Airport may still be a Stop-off for Illegal Rendition Flights

Shannonwatch are concerned at the ongoing use of Shannon airport by companies and planes associated with the illegal US rendition program. Since March 2009, five aircraft that have been identified by Amnesty International, the EU Parliament or other sources have been recorded there.

September Sees Increase in Troop Carrier Traffic through Shannon

September saw another busy month of military activity at Shannon. There were over 100 landings by Omni Air International planes, which is the airline chartered to carry US troops to and from Iraq. This is an average of more than 3 a day, and is a significant increase on the traffic in previous months.

US Military Officers Oversee War Activities at Shannon

Information provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs sheds disturbing new light on US military use of Shannon Airport. According to the minister the troop and air force crews that pass through the airport are not the only US military there. There are also two US officers of military rank permanently based in the airport. Their official role is to assist with the transit of US Government and Government contracted flights.