Minister Makes Excuses for Failure to Search US Aircraft at Shannon

Press Release Shannonwatch, 7 Nov 2013

Minister Makes More Excuses for the Failure to Search US Aircraft at Shannon

The Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter has claimed that the Garda Síochána has no role in relation to the inspection of foreign State or military aircraft at Shannon or other airports because they enjoy sovereign immunity. In effect this means that the government allows the US military to take whatever or whoever they want through Ireland, regardless of the human rights, security and other consequences.

The statement was made in response to Clare Daly TD who asked the Minister whether or not the Government or the Garda Commissioner has instructed Gardaí at Shannon not to search US military aircraft, or chartered aircraft transporting US troops, or aircraft associated with the CIA.

According to Minister Shatter the Garda Síochána has statutory powers of search and entry available to it under various legislative provisions, and these apply to aircraft as much as to any other type of private property.  

He was talking here about civilian as opposed to military aircraft.

"The Minister says that these powers may only be exercised in circumstances where a member of the Garda Síochána reasonably suspects that an offence has been or is being committed" said John Lannon of Shannonwatch. "But there have been plenty of incidents in which there were reasonable ground to suspect involvement in torture-related offences and these have not been investigated"

PANA Bus to Shannon 13/10/13

PANA Bus to Shannon 13/10/13

The Peace and Neutrality Alliance PANA is planning to hire a bus to go to the Shannon Airport Roundabout on Sunday 13th of October leaving from Liberty Hall at 11.00am to take part in the Shannonwatch vigil to mark yet another anniversary of the Afghan War. The size of the bus will depend on the number willing to confirm they want to go.

There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.

There are still some places. Please email Roger Cole on: or call 087-2611597

Galway Alliance Against War Warport protest.

03/10/2013 - 16:15
04/10/2013 - 00:12

Galway Alliance Against War  "Warport protest".

Connacht Hotel, Dublin Rd., Galway City 4.15- 5pm

A director of Shannon warport is coming to the Connacht Hotel to  talk about the "airport's future".
Our airport has been turned into a US military hub.

The Shannon board has made it clear it is happy to not only continue assisting the US war machine but to increase this "lucrative" business.

Let's express our opposition to this lust for profits at the expense of people & planet.


a growing presence of US military aircraft at Shannon

Margaretta D'Arcy & Niall Farrell appeared in court  11/9 over their protests (Sept 1st 2013 & October 7th 2012) against the US war machine's presence at Shannon airport. 

Since the US war drums began beating in the direction of Syria there has been a growing presence of US military aircraft at Shannon:

Shannon Monthly Vigil Sunday

08/09/2013 - 14:00
10/09/2013 - 14:59

Shannon Monthly Vigil this weekend
Regular monthly vigil takes place at Shannon from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday 8th Sept.
It is important to attend in order to send a clear message to the Irish government that Shannon should not be used to support a U.S. led attack on Syria.

See Shannonwatch statement regarding Syria here:

For more information  email or phone 087 8225087


Shannon peace activists charged & up in Limerick Court Monday 2/9

02/09/2013 - 10:30
04/09/2013 - 00:43

On World Peace Day, September 1st, two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) blocked the runway at Shannon airport to express opposition to the continued use of the airfield by the US military as part of its wars in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

 A number of peace activists:Margaretta Darcy, Niall Farrell, and Tommy Donnellan were subsequently arrested and held  at Shannon Garda Station.  It would appear that Margaretta Darcy and Niall Farrell were arrested on the main runway at Shannon airport as part of their ongoing campaign to prevent US military use of Shannon airport.

Tommy Donnellan, who had been filming the protest from outside the airport fence, was taken to the garda station on suspicion of criminal damage.

Niall Farrell and Margaretta D'Arcy were held overnight in custody and will be appearing in Limerick Court at 10.30am Monday 2nd September- exact charges unknown as time of reporting

This is just one of very many incidents where peace activists have been arrested and subsequently prosecuted at Shannon airport while they were attempting to expose very serious crimes of torture, extraordinary rendition and crimes against humanity that have been facilitated at Shannon airport since 2001.

Tommy Donnelan was released without charge after several hours, but his equipment and his mobile phone have been confiscated and will be examined by gardai, not to be released before 4th September.

info: Dette Mc Loughlin

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