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. These flights would be capable of taking 3,000 armed soldiers to or from the war zone in Afghanistan where their presence contributes to ongoing instability and suffering. 

On 13th May it was reported that a Shannon based company temporarily laid off 30 staff because Omni Air had diverted its planes away from the airport. While the return of the troop carriers may reinstate some of these jobs, the U.S. military business is not a viable option for long term sustainable employment at Shannon. "The airport is not capable of operating as a secure military airbase, nor should it be" said a spokesperson for Shannonwatch. "This is particularly true in light of recent reports that the airport authorities have been fined for failing to take the necessary measures to limit the consequences of a major accident there."

"The volcanic ash presented the Irish government with an oportunity to review the use of Shannon by a belligerent foreign power. Sadly that opportunity was spurned and we are once again complicit in an ill-advised and destabilising war in Afghanistan" said the Shannonwatch spokesperson. "This is being done while the Irish government continues to parade the myth that we are a neutral country."

The issue of the U.S. military use of Shannon and Irish involvement in the war in Afghanistan will be discussed at a public meeting in Wynn's Hotel in Dublin on Thursday 27th May at 7.30pm. Speakers include John Lannon of Shannonwatch, Roger Cole of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and Richard Boyd Barrett of the Irish Anti War Movement.


For more information email shannonwatch@gmail.com or phone 087 8225087.087 8225087 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting

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