Shannon

Galway Alliance Against War Warport protest.

03/10/2013 - 16:15
04/10/2013 - 00:12

Galway Alliance Against War  "Warport protest".

Connacht Hotel, Dublin Rd., Galway City 4.15- 5pm

A director of Shannon warport is coming to the Connacht Hotel to  talk about the "airport's future".
Our airport has been turned into a US military hub.

The Shannon board has made it clear it is happy to not only continue assisting the US war machine but to increase this "lucrative" business.

Let's express our opposition to this lust for profits at the expense of people & planet.

  

a growing presence of US military aircraft at Shannon

Margaretta D'Arcy & Niall Farrell appeared in court  11/9 over their protests (Sept 1st 2013 & October 7th 2012) against the US war machine's presence at Shannon airport. 

 
Since the US war drums began beating in the direction of Syria there has been a growing presence of US military aircraft at Shannon:
 
 
SPREAD THE WORD: US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON

Shannon Monthly Vigil Sunday

08/09/2013 - 14:00
10/09/2013 - 14:59

Shannon Monthly Vigil this weekend
Regular monthly vigil takes place at Shannon from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday 8th Sept.
It is important to attend in order to send a clear message to the Irish government that Shannon should not be used to support a U.S. led attack on Syria.

See Shannonwatch statement regarding Syria here: http://www.shannonwatch.org/blog/ireland-should-not-support-us-led-attac...

For more information  email shannonwatch@gmail.com or phone 087 8225087

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Shannon peace activists charged & up in Limerick Court Monday 2/9

02/09/2013 - 10:30
04/09/2013 - 00:43
   
 

On World Peace Day, September 1st, two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) blocked the runway at Shannon airport to express opposition to the continued use of the airfield by the US military as part of its wars in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

 A number of peace activists:Margaretta Darcy, Niall Farrell, and Tommy Donnellan were subsequently arrested and held  at Shannon Garda Station.  It would appear that Margaretta Darcy and Niall Farrell were arrested on the main runway at Shannon airport as part of their ongoing campaign to prevent US military use of Shannon airport.

Tommy Donnellan, who had been filming the protest from outside the airport fence, was taken to the garda station on suspicion of criminal damage.

Niall Farrell and Margaretta D'Arcy were held overnight in custody and will be appearing in Limerick Court at 10.30am Monday 2nd September- exact charges unknown as time of reporting

This is just one of very many incidents where peace activists have been arrested and subsequently prosecuted at Shannon airport while they were attempting to expose very serious crimes of torture, extraordinary rendition and crimes against humanity that have been facilitated at Shannon airport since 2001.

Tommy Donnelan was released without charge after several hours, but his equipment and his mobile phone have been confiscated and will be examined by gardai, not to be released before 4th September.

info: Dette Mc Loughlin

Shannon runway blockade and arrest of peace activists on World Peace Day

Sunday, 1st September 2013:

On World Peace Day, September 1st, two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) blocked the runway at Shannon airport to express opposition to the continued use of the airfield by the US military as part of its wars in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. On behalf of the 2 peace activists, the Galway Alliance Against War released the following statement:

“Over the past twelve years consecutive Irish governments have colluded in Washington’s campaign of wars from Afghanistan to Yemen, in which up to 2 million people have perished. By allowing the US military to use Irish airspace and Shannon airport to wage these wars we have become a willing accessory to mass murder. We have blood on our hands.

“Irish democracy has been subverted in the interests of this US war machine: the Greens and Labour entered government with a mandate to oppose Ireland’s role in these wars and develop a policy of neutrality, but reneged on their promises. Therefore, we feel we have no alternative but to block the runway at Shannon to highlight Irish involvement in this carnage. We have also come on the runway to conduct, what President Higgins proposed, a “conversation” in public places about Irish society. There is no more relevant place in Ireland than Shannon airport’s runway to discuss the need for the government to return to Ireland’s traditional policy of neutrality and cease its collusion in these criminal wars.

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