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Oral Questions


Foreign Affairs, Oral Questions


Clare asked Minister for Foreign Affairs about the increased use of Shannon Airport by Canadian Military Aircraft, click on the link below to watch:

Defence, Foreign Affairs

A Canadian  C130 Hercules and two KC 10 US air force refueling tanks, which may indicate that they were refueling other US military aircraft that were transiting through Irish airspace.  The Hercules was at gate 42 which suggests it was carrying passengers and not cargo.  shannon 1 shannon 2 shannon 3

Foreign Affairs, International

On September 5th Irish army personnel noted that one of the warplanes landed at Shannon was armed with a fixed weapon, i.e. a missile. Galway’s local peace group believes that it was no accident that Derek Nolan, a Galway Labour TD, was given the task of posing the question in a vain attempt to save the Labour seat.  Nolan, in posing a question given to him by the authorities about the US military at Shannon, is attempting to rebrand himself for the voters.  Nolan has never shown any interest in this issue up until now.  I have raised this issue with Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny on numerous occasions and each time the response was denial and indifference.   One Labour Party question gets a front page headline, only because they couldn’t deny it. This fully supports the points that have been made by myself and the Shannonwatch activists.  Below is a press release from the Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance:
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Foreign Affairs, International

12Oct2013 Canadian Hercules C130 at Shannon


Shannonwatch snapped two warplanes at Shannon yesterday afternoon.
One was a Canadian Hercules C130. As Canada is involved in the occupation of Afghanistan, why are Canadian military aircraft allowed transit through Irish territory? The OMNI Air US troop carrier normally carries up to 300 armed US troops through Shannon, on a daily basis. Claims by the government that the civilian use of Shannon airport is being promoted are clearly false, the terminal is practically empty with staff having to stand around and appear busy.