Shannonwatch, a group which monitors US military and CIA aircraft movements at Shannon Airport, has called on the Irish Government to explain the basis upon which the use of Shannon airport was handed over to a foreign government for their military use. They have also called on the Government to reverse its decision to allow Shannon Airport to be used in two wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Group spokesperson John Lannon said: “While most of the world was turning green on St Patrick’s Day, Ireland was committing itself to an ongoing role in the unjustified war being waged in Afghanistan. President Barrack Obama thanked the Irish Government for allowing US troops to stop off at Shannon Airport while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even stopped off at the airport to further embed our support for the US war machine into the nation’s psyche. Together these amount to a breach of international laws on neutrality, and a gross affront to Ireland’s proud tradition in this regard and signify a new low in Ireland’s sell-out to the US war industry.”
Figures released by Shannonwatch show in February almost 50 US military flights carrying more than 5,000 troops used the airport every week “turning it into a de-facto US military base, without the permission of the Irish people”. Mr Lannon said: “The present Government has completely abandoned Ireland’s l position of neutrality.”