Did Aircraft that Bombed Hospital in Kunduz Pass Through Ireland?
Shannonwatch 6th October 2015
Reliable reports indicate that the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was carried out by a United States AC-130W aircraft. Shannonwatch call on the Irish government to immediately investigate and clarify if the aircraft involved passed through Shannon Airport or Irish airspace on its way to Afghanistan.
“The US hit a very large hospital full of wounded patients”, said Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch. “They killed 22 people, including 3 children, and they continued to bomb the hospital for 30 minutes after MSF had informed the US military that the hospital was under attack. This would appear to be a war crime, and it is one that Ireland may be implicated in.”
26/11/2014 - 20:00
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GAAW PUBLIC MEETING: WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER @ 8PM
“WHAT IS THE MINDSET OF THE IRISH ARMY’S LEADERSHIP?”
SPEAKER: (RTD.) COMMANDANT EDWARD HORGAN
MEMBER OF VETERANS FOR PEACE
VENUE: RICHARDSON’S, EYRE SQ., GALWAY
More Ministerial Confusion over Sovereign Immunity
Mon, 25/11/2013 - by shannonwatch
Our Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is finding it difficult to explain what sovereign immunity means in the context of the US military use of Shannon. Despite being asked a series of direct questions on the issue by Clare Daly TD, he repeated the mantra that it "is recognised as applying in respect of foreign state or military aircraft". But he didnt say what that means. (See Dáil debate on Military Aircraft Landings here)
Gilmore also seems to have redefined the concept of neutrality. In answering the questions in the Dáil he said that Ireland's policy of neutrality was characterised by "non-participation in military alliances". In other words supporting military alliances is ok with his brand of neutrality.
In fact what he was describing is non-belligerence. Even if Ireland is not taking part militarily in wars being fought by the US or NATO, it is providing support for them at Shannon. Therefore it isn't neutral.
Of course Gilmore will also know that Ireland cannot even claim to be non-belligerent since it has spent million of euros deploying military personnel to the NATO-led war in Afghanistan.
14/05/2013 - 19:30
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