Submission to Consultative Forum

  • Posted on: 14 July 2023
  • By: shannonwatch

The government's Consultative Forum on International Security Policy has been wrapped up, and now we await the report of the chairperson Louise Richardson. Like many others, we were of the view that representation on the panels of speakers was skewed in favour of those who are in favour of Ireland joining NATO and other military alliances. We will not be surprised if this is reflected in the report that finally emerges.


Reflections from the People’s Forum on Neutrality (Limerick, June 17th)

  • Posted on: 17 June 2023
  • By: shannonwatch

In January 2003, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen (Fianna Fail) confirmed that Shannon was being used by the US military, and that troops travelling on civilian aircraft are “sometimes accompanied by their personal weapons”. These are military contracted aircraft and as such are technically not classified as military aircraft.

In 2021 we still had an average of 54 overflights/month through Irish airspace by planes granted permits to carry munitions. These were almost all US military.

The average so far this year is 52. Nothing has changed.

Statement on Visit of US President Joe Biden to Ireland

  • Posted on: 10 April 2023
  • By: admin

Shannonwatch calls on the Irish government to use the opportunity of US President Joe Biden’s visit to reaffirm Ireland’s commitment to peace and international stability. It also calls on the US president to respect our commitment to non-membership of military alliances and to end the ongoing use of Shannon Airport by the US military.

US Troop Planes Recorded in Last Few Days

  • Posted on: 7 April 2023
  • By: shannonwatch


Over Wednesday and Thursday, we recorded nine Omni Air Internations aircraft transporting US troops and weapons through Shannon Airport or Irish air space.

These included

  • N207AX which landed at Shannon and travelled on to Bulgaria and Bahrain,
  • N477AX which arrived at Shannon about 06.10 on Thursday morning, coming from Jordan and Kuwait and then flew on to US Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.
  • N378AX, arrived at Shannon coming from the Middle East via Crete and Naples and then flew on to Norfolk naval air Station in Virginia

Peace Vigil Calls on Gardai to Inspect Military Planes at Shannon

  • Posted on: 12 March 2023
  • By: shannonwatch

At our regular monthly peace vigil at Shannon we asked for United States Navy C-40A registration number 16-5829 to be inspected. It arrived last Thursday from Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida, stayed overnight at Shannon, and then flew on to Chania in Crete. It arrived back at Shannon at 12:28 today (Sunday 12th March) and was sitting on the tarmac at the start of our peace vigil.


Breaches of Neutrality Continue at Shannon

  • Posted on: 30 January 2023
  • By: shannonwatch


US Marine Corps Hercules KC-130T arrived at Shannon Airport today at 14.45pm, coming from Al Udeid US air base in Qatar, Persian Gulf via Sofia in Bulgaria.

The KC-130T is desribed by the Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) as multi-role, long-range, land-based tactical aircraft that "provides logistic support and air-to-air refueling to fleet operating forces."

Such breaches of Irish neutarlity are happening almost daily at Shannon Airport.

Peace Activists Edward Horgan and Dan Dowling Acquitted on Charge of Criminal Damage

  • Posted on: 25 January 2023
  • By: admin

The trial of two peace activists, Edward Horgan and Dan Dowling, ended today at the Circuit Criminal Court in Parkgate Street, Dublin after a trial that lasted ten days.

Almost 6 years ago on 25th April 2017, the two peace activists were arrested at Shannon Airport and charged with causing criminal damage by writing graffiti on a US Navy aircraft. They were also charged with trespassing on the curtilage of Shannon Airport. The words “Danger Danger Do Not Fly” were written with a red marker on the engine of the warplane. It was one of two US Navy aircraft that had arrived at Shannon from Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia. They subsequently flew on to a US air base in the Persian Gulf having spent two overnights at Shannon. 

Daily Report on Trial of Dan Dowling and Edward Horgan

  • Posted on: 11 January 2023
  • By: shannonwatch

Over the course of the trial of peace activists Edward Horgan and Dan Dowling we will provide daily updates here. We encourage anyone who can attend in support to go to the court. 

See our pre-trial press release here.

Day 10: Jan 25th

Today the two peace activists, Edward Horgan and Dan Dowling, were acquitted on the charge of criminal damage.

The Jury of eight men and four women accepted their arguments that they acted with lawful excuse. In addition, Judge Martina Baxter gave the defendants the benefit of the Probation Act on the charge of trespass, on condition that they agree to be obund to the peace for 12 months and make a significant donation to a Co. Clare charity.

Both said they have no problem being “bound to the peace” and making the contribution to charity.

Trial of Peace Activists Begins on January 11th

  • Posted on: 7 January 2023
  • By: admin

Peace activists Dr Edward Horgan, former army Commandant and United Nations peacekeeper, originally from Tralee Co Kerry, and Dan Dowling also a native of Tralee Co Kerry, are due to go on trial on 11th January 2023 at Dublin Circuit Court. This is as a result of an incident that occurred at Shannon Airport five years and nine months ago.  The date of this incident was 25th April 2017, and there are two charges. The first alleged offence is trespass at the airport contrary to Section 11 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 as amended by the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 2008. The second is criminal damage by writing graffiti to a US Navy aircraft contrary to Section 2(1) Criminal Damage Act, 1991.