Irish Neutrality Suffering Death by a Thousand Cuts

  • Posted on: 26 November 2022
  • By: shannonwatch

Letter pubished in today's Belfast based Irish News.

In recent times our Irish government is doing all it can to end Irish neutrality against the wishes of the Irish people. The Fine Gael ard fheis passed a motion to effectively scrap the triple lock on sending Irish soldiers on overseas missions, by eliminating the need for a UN mandate. Our Defence Forces have become so run down due to lack of government support that it seems like our government wants to decommission our Defence Forces and invite Nato or a European Union defence alliance to defend our country thereby ending the sovereignty of the Irish people and the Irish state.

Urgent Need to Restore Irish Neutrality and to Promote Peace

  • Posted on: 31 October 2022
  • By: shannonwatch

Peace activists from around the country will gather at Shannon on Sunday 13th November at 2pm to protest against the continuing US military use of the airport. The event takes place two days after Armistice Day which is intended to mark the end of fighting in World War I and to honour the war dead. It will draw attention to how little peace there is in the world today and how Ireland's increasing support for militarization is escalating global instability . 

Armed US troops pass through Shannon on a daily basis, despite the fact that the country claims to be neutral. 

Three US Military Planes at Shannon During our One Hour Peace Vigil

  • Posted on: 12 September 2022
  • By: shannonwatch

In the short hour we spent at our peace vigil at Shannon Airport on Sunday (Sept 11th), three different US military aircraft used the airport.

An Omni Air International troop carrier (registration N234AX, call sign OY401/CMB401) sat at the terminal building, alongside an Aer Lingus passenger plane. It came in from Slovenia, and later in the day it took off heading towards the US.

Moving on to War not Peace

  • Posted on: 7 August 2022
  • By: shannonwatch

It's now over a week since the publication of Sabina Coyne Higgins' letter to the Irish Times saying that the war between Russia and Ukraine will continue until the leaders of both countries are persuaded to agree a ceasefire and enter negotiations. 

Ms Coyne Higgins said that concerned people anxious to live together in peace and sustainability must demand that the war be brought to an end so that lives are saved, there is a lessening of the suffering, and the reconstruction of lives and livelihoods can begin. She has been subjected to unreasonable criticism simply because she called for a negotiated ceasefire. And despite some commentary and reaction, she did not suggest that the Russian invasion was justified in any shape or form.

Another Trial of Peace Activists Begins

  • Posted on: 14 June 2022
  • By: admin

The trial of two more Shannon peace activists, Edward Horgan and Dan Dowling, begins at the Circuit Court in Parkgate Street, Dublin on Wednesday June 15th. 

Over 5 years ago on 25th April 2017, the two men were arrested at Shannon Airport for allegedly causing criminal damage by writing Graffiti on a US Navy aircraft, and allegedly trespassing on the curtilage of Shannon Airport. It has been reported that the words “DANGER DANAGER DO NOT FLY” were written on the engine of the warplane, which was on its way from a US naval base in Virginia to a US air base in the Persian Gulf.

Did Antonov Take Weapons Through Shannon?

  • Posted on: 15 May 2022
  • By: shannonwatch

On April 27th The Defence Post military journal reported that: “Australia will deliver six M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers and ammunition to Ukraine as part of a 26.7 million Australian dollar ($19 million) package to bolster the country’s defenses against the Russian invasion." The assistance followed a request by the US and the Ukrainian ambassador to provide heavy artillery and ammunition to Kyiv.

Fine Imposed on Shannon Two Shows that Peaceful Opposition to the War Industry will not be Tolerated in Ireland

  • Posted on: 4 May 2022
  • By: admin

Shannonwatch are shocked at the imposition of a €10,000 fine on peace activists Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers for taking a peaceful action against the US military use of Shannon Airport. Despite being acquitted on two charges of criminal damage and trespass, they were still found guilty of interfering with the operation, management or safety of the airport.

Trial of Kenneth Mayers and Tarak Kauff - Court Report Day Two

  • Posted on: 27 April 2022
  • By: shannonwatch

The prosecution ploughed methodically through its case in the second day of the trial of the Shannon Two. Since the defense has already stipulated to most of the factual statements that the testimony was meant to establish, the main new information the jury got from today’s witnesses was that defendants Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff were model arrestees, pleasant, cooperative, and compliant, and that the airport’s chief security officer has no idea whether weapons are moving through the airport he guards.