Ongoing use of Shannon Airport by US military undermines Irish neutrality – Mac Lochlainn
today following his participation at the Peace and Neutrality Alliance Press
Conference (PANA) at Buswells Hotel in Dublin, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on
Foreign Affairs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD said that the ongoing use of Shannon
Airport in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq undermines the State's position on
"In 2010 there
was an average of at least three US military flights a day travelling through
Shannon airport. During that same year four planes linked to the CIA's
"extraordinary rendition" program also used the airport, as
identified by several international human rights groups and the EU
parliamentary committee set up to investigate such flights.
conducted by Landsdowne Market Research Surveys, shows that Irish people widely
disapprove of US military traffic travelling through Shannon airport .
" Ireland can not be complicit with human
"I commend PANA for holding this important event in advance of the US Presidential trip to Ireland."