A case of two US veterans charged with alleged criminal damage caused during a peaceful protests at Shannon Airport has been transferred to Dublin.
Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan before that, transport aircraft chartered by the US military have shuttled almost three million troops through Shannon Airport.
Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Defence, Aengus O’Snodaigh, has accused the Taoiseach of following on from ’successive Irish Governments’ in undermining Irish Neutrality.
The Government spent almost €200,000 last year basing soldiers at Shannon Airport to protect US air force planes travelling to and from war zones from attacks by protesters.
A poll finding that most Irish people oppose the US using Shannon Airport for military purposes has fuelled calls for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to raise the issue with President Barack Obama.
Ireland's neutrality is being seriously breached by allowing US warplanes to fly through Shannon Airport, a veterans' group has said today.
Deputy Mick Wallace said that he does not know if he will be charged or not after being arrested today at Shannon Airport.
Defence Force members were called to Shannon Airport to assist gardaí in security duties, including dealing with protests against US military aircraft, 324 times last year.
The US ambassador to Ireland today said he doesn’t understand public concern about alleged secret rendition flights passing through Shannon Airport.
The Tánaiste, Michael McDowell, has insisted that Irish airports and airspace have not been used for any illegal purposes by the CIA.
The Government is reported to be furious over EU criticism of its role in the CIA's illegal kidnapping and transportation of terrorism suspects.
Military cargo planes going through Shannon Airport are carrying depleted uranium ammunition, a former US marine claimed today.
Dozens of anti-war protesters picketed the front doors of the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin tonight over the continued use of Shannon airport by US military aircraft.
Europe's leading human rights body has backed calls for the Irish Government to mount a formal investigation of US military landings at Shannon Airport.
Anti-war activists are to picket the offices of the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin today over the ongoing refuelling of US warplanes at Shannon Airport.
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