Government turning a blind eye to neutrality

A 2013 Red C poll commissioned by the Peace & Neutrality Alliance showed that 78% of Irish people support a policy of Irish neutrality.

Despite this, and despite the commitment in the 2011 Programme for Government to “enforce the prohibition on the use of Irish airspace, airports and related facilities for purposes not in line with the dictates of international law”, our current government refuses to even discuss the US military use of Shannon Airport, or to investigate the landing of rendition planes there over several years.

Instead they are prepared to have a 79-year-old peace activist, Margaretta D’Arcy, serve a prison sentence because she refuses to accept the very serious likelihood that Shannon – and Ireland – is complicit in violations of international law.

John Lannon


Co Limerick

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