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.

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