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Dáil Issues, Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Questions

See below two questions to minister for Foreign Affairs regarding the use of Shannon Airport by foreign Military aircraft breaching our neutrality and how diplomatic immunity is being used as an excuse to avoid calling to account those guilty of torture.

To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to change existing arrangements between his Department and the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Defence in relation to the monitoring of foreign military aircraft on Irish territory in order to ensure our neutrality is not breached.
– Clare Daly.

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Defence, Foreign Affairs, Justice and Defence

Two US warplanes photographed at Shannon today (see below). One is a US Navy C40 (Boeing 737)number 5836, and the other is a Hercules C130 number QH 3310.
The photo of the Omni air international chartered US troop carrier was taken on Sunday 4 Jan, by Shannonwatch and had probably been at the airport overnight.  This combination of Hercules C130 and C40 Boeing are frequently seen at Shannon.  What missions are they on and what are they carrying? Our government refuses to seek clarification.

04Jan2015 Omni Air US troop-carrier at Shannon 06Jan2015 Hercules C130 number QH3310 at Shannon 06Jan2015 US Navy C40 and Hercules C130 at Shannon with Irish army guard 06Jan2015 US Navy C40 at Shannon

Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, International, Justice and Defence

Press Release: 
Shannonwatch, 11 Dec 2014:

Shannonwatch are appalled at the shocking revelations about CIA torture of detainees in the US Senate intelligence committee report released on Tuesday Dec 9th. Details of the methods used, the extent of the torture and the scale of lies and deceit from a government agency are even worse than was already known. Ireland’s complicity has already been documented by other reports, but given this new information it is now well past time for a full investigation of the role played by Shannon in the brutal and illegal interrogation undertaken by the CIA.
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Dáil Issues, Foreign Affairs, Oral Questions

To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the UN Security Council’s proposal to introduce legislation restricting the travel of foreign terrorist fighters; and if this is a blatant breach of our neutrality.
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