Shannonwatch calls for the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty

The abject disregard of the Irish political elite for Ireland's neutrality has been demonstrated by the routine transit of US military planes and troops through Shannon Airport for most of this decade. With the re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum we are now being asked to accept EU promises that it will not affect or prejudice Ireland's traditional policy of military neutrality.

Shannon and the New US War Strategy in Afghanistan

Every day more evidence comes to light in relation to Shannon's role in the illegal and immoral wars of the US. The latest information indicates that it may be part of a new weekly supply route for the US army in Afghanistan, using chartered planes.

Green Party shreds and incinerates its principles to achieve power-at-all-costs

Dr Edward Horgan (Comdt. retd.), former UN peacekeeper and anti-war/human rights activist today resigned his membership of the Green Party.

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.

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 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

Did Israeli bombs passing through Shannon Airport?

Kalitta Air is an airline known to have connections to covert intelligence and military operations (see Amnesty International report, USA: Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and disappearance). Their planes pass through Irish airspace with alarming regularity - there were over 220 of heir flights between the start of September and the end of December 2008. On Dec 20th and again on Dec 22nd one of their planes, N703CK, landed at Shannon Airport.

Plane Spotters: Help Us Identify This Warplane's Mission

On Sunday 25 January 2009, what is probably a US Navy C-9B Skytrain logistics aircraft was photographed at Shannon airport in neutral Ireland, at about 11 am. Even though it had no obvious military markings, it was being guarded by an Irish army security patrol. The registration number it is obliged to display was incomplete. The only number it displayed was 0050. As far as we can establish its full aircraft registration number is 160050.

Shannon and White Phosphorous?

Peace activists have raised concerns that Ireland may be facilitating the transport of White Phosphorous through Shannon Airport, following the landing of an unusual US military cargo plane at Shannon.