Shannon

Shannon to target US military traffic

Irish Examiner: Shannon to target Dublin-bound flyers for growth
By Pat Flynn . Thursday, January 24, 2013

Shannon Airport plans to target passengers travelling from the mid-west to Dublin for flights as part of its plan to increase
passengers numbers. The head of the Shannon Airport Authority also stated that the airport
wants to secure connectivity with a second European hub.

Lawyer and Clare native Rose Hynes, who was appointed by the Government as chair of the new authority last month, addressed the
Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on its future plans. While Ms Hynes confirmed none of the 230 staff at Shannon will lose
their jobs, there was a need for certain "efficiencies".

"The airport’s cost base is currently higher than its industry peers, partly because of its reduced traffic levels. Productivity
improvements and flexible work practices can help to reduce this disadvantage." ...

...She was also asked about Shannon’s "over-reliance" on US military traffic which has dropped significantly over the past year. "Military
traffic has been in the DNA of Shannon for many years.
"It’s something that’s important, it’s lucrative and we are certainly going to go after it as much as possible."

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Shannon targets Dublin traffic. Irish Independent. Thursday January 24 2013.

Shannon Vigil, Sunday 13th January, 2pm - 3pm

13/01/2013 - 14:00
15/01/2013 - 00:34

Reminder: Shannon Vigil, Sunday 13th January, 2pm - 3pmMeet at small roundabout before airport entrance

Peaceful demonstration in Shannon to protest against ongoing US military and suspected CIA use of the airport.

2013 has begun in much the same way as the last few years have - Guantanamo Bay detention centre is still open despite Obama's promise to close it; CIA paramilitaries roam the world with no regard for national or international laws; innocent people are dying unnecessarily in Afganistan, Pakistan and elsewhere around the world; and there is a serious risk of the US invading another Middle-Eastern country. The Irish government seems determined to be part of this global lawlessness by refusing to investigate or end the use of Shannon Airport by the US military and CIA so our demonstrations there must be continued. Join us if you can from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday.

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

Troop Flights Through Shannon Down in 2012 but on the Increase Again

Troop Flights Through Shannon Down in 2012 but on the Increase Again

Shannonwatch, 3 January 2013

The number of US troop carriers using Shannon Airport was down in 2012 compared to previous years. In 2011 there was an average of over 80 troop flights a month but in 2012 the numbers recorded by Shannonwatch ranged from a low of 13 in July to a high of 72 in April.

But while all the summer months saw relatively low numbers of troop carriers at Shannon, their frequency began to increase again towards the end of the year.

Even though the number of civilian aircraft carrying US troop was down, the number of US military aircraft landing at Shannon did not change in 2012. On average 24 of these used Shannon every month, including Hercules c-130's and mid-air refueling tankers.

The following graph shows the number of US military related flights recorded by Shannonwatch in 2012.

Galway Launch with Harry Browne: booklet Shannon: War & Renditions & GAAW postcard campaign

23/11/2012 - 18:00
25/11/2012 - 21:00

GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR PRESS RELEASE

IN A BOOKLET: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MILITARISATION OF SHANNON AIRPORT

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway Cornstore, Galway City  will host the launch of the booklet Shannon: War & Renditions on Friday – 23rd November – at 6pm. Presiding at the launch will be the journalist and broadcaster Harry Browne. This informative booklet was produced by the peace monitors at Shannon airport, Shannonwatch.

At the same event a new postcard campaign by the Galway Alliance Against War opposing the transport of “Killer Drones” via Shannon airport will be unveiled.

The postcards are for sale and can be used to send to the Irish government or for personal use. 

Booklet can be viewed online: http://www.shannonwatch.org/sites/shannonwatch.org/files/docs/Shannon_Watch_Book_LR.pdf

ENDS

For further information: Niall Farrell 091-792297 or 087-9159787

"Arrest of Galway Alliance Against War Activists is an Attack on the entire Irish Peace Movement"

 

"Arrest of Galway Alliance Against War Activists  is an Attack on the Irish Peace Movement"
 
An attack has been made on the peace movement in ireland- again. This morning, Tuesday 20th November, 2 activists from the Galway Alliance Against War  peace group were arrested on ridiculous charges of criminal damage.
Margaretta D'Arcy, a woman of 78 years of age, and GAAW PRO Niall Farrell were nominated by the Galway anti-war group to participate in the international global week of action against drone-warfare by holding a peaceful protest on the runway of Shannon warport in County Clare on 7th October this year. It is known that US armed forces use the civilian airport as a transport hub for their troops and weaponry, but the exact nature of their warfare cargo is not known as no planes are ever searched. There is no reason to expect that chemical weapons such as white phosphorous and the dreaded killer drones are not transported through Shannon.
 
The 2 participants of the action staged the protest on the Shannon airport runway with placards denouncing the use of drones and also the use of Irish airports and airspace in the "War on Terror". They had been in situ for sometime and yet the incompetance of the airport security meant that they were not spotted. As they feared that they could pose a potentially serious safety risk to incoming flights they contacted airport security to alert them. They were subsequently removed from the runway.

"Shannon Airport, War and Renditions" Launch of Booklet 12-10-2012

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