Saturday 19 April 2014

Daly and Wallace join US stopover protest

TWO Independent TDs joined protesters at Shannon Airport yesterday for their monthly rally that opposes the continuing use of the mid-west aerodrome by the US military.

Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have jointly called for government action in line with their stated commitment to international law and Irish neutrality.

Ms Daly said: "The programme agreed by the present Government says that they will enforce a prohibition on the use of Irish airspace, airports and related facilities for purposes not in line with the dictates of international law."

"Yet the routine movement of military planes through Shannon without any obvious oversight or inspection shows that they have little intention of doing so."

John Lannon, spokesman for Shannonwatch who organised the protest, said: "Last week the Irish Government signed up to the new global Arms Trade Treaty. But their failure to inspect what is passing through our own territory – and airspace – on its way to war zones means that they are supporting the global arms industry."

Irish Independent

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