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Ó Snodaigh calls for Beefed up inspection regime at Shannon Airport

7 October, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called for a Beefed up inspection regime at Shannon airport to coincide with the passing of the Biological Weapons Bill 2010 which aims to prevent the production, transportation or use of Biological weapons.
Speaking during today’s debate on the Bill Deputy Ó Snodaigh said “This Bill needs to be coupled with a beefed up inspection regime in Shannon Airport or other airports used by the US military or indeed any other military force”.
“Let us not forget the controversy in this country in relation to extraordinary rendition. What is certainly clear is that a new regime of inspections at Shannon Airport is necessary for this bill to be useful. This lax inspection regime allowed Ireland to be implicated in the horror that was the Guantanamo detention centre and all the matters that emanated from that.”
“The Bill does however make the possession of such weapons or agents a criminal offence thus implicating any individuals whatever their nationality who are in possession of such weapons or agents for example on a plane parked at an Irish airport. Despite this welcome development the Bill unfortunately doesn’t provide greater search and prosecutorial powers to those who may suspect that biological weapons are being moved through Irish airspace or ports. Given the reluctance of the Irish authorities to search the aforementioned US war planes in the past this may in effect restrict the usefulness of these provisions.” ENDS

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