Mike Pence meeting US soldiers in Shannon highlights the erosion of Irish neutrality – Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Defence, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, said that footage of US Vice President, Mike Pence, greeting US troops while he was on a brief stopover in Shannon Airport shows how much Irish neutrality has been undermined by successive Irish Governments.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“When you see the images of the US Vice President meeting US soldiers in full combat gear in an airport you automatically think that he is in Seattle or San Diego, not Shannon.
“That the US Vice-President could address US soldiers, supposedly on their way to the Middle East, in the civilian airport in Shannon, shows just how much successive Irish Governments have undermined Irish neutrality.
“These images are a stark reminder that the civilian Shannon Airport has virtually become a forward base for the US army to carry out military operations and exercises.
“Sinn Féin has always stated that the US military’s use of Shannon Airport makes a mockery of Irish neutrality and the Irish Government’s supposed commitment to neutrality.
“I will be raising this issue with the Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe, in the Dáil next week.”