Saturday 24 February 2018

Activist held over attempt to 'inspect' US planes at Shannon Airport

American ‘Hercules C-130’ aircraft on the tarmac in Shannon Airport
American ‘Hercules C-130’ aircraft on the tarmac in Shannon Airport

David Kearns

A veteran peace campaigner was detained by Garda after he tried to board a US military plane in Shannon Airport.

Long-time ‘Shannonwatcher’ Edward Horgan was apprehended by security staff as he tried to insect one of four American ‘Hercules C-130’ aircraft parked on the tarmac.

It is believed Mr Horgan, who is a former Army commandant and UN peacekeeper, spotted the planes as he was boarding a flight to the UK.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport confirmed that a “man was detained this morning after diverting from the Heathrow aircraft he was due to board.”

“A member of airport staff swiftly apprehended the man as he strayed from the designated approach to the aircraft steps. He was handed over to An Garda Siochana.”

Speaking to, a Garda spokeperson said they “had spoken a man in his mid-60s following an incident at Shannon Airport.”

“He has since been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

The Government has repeatedly insisted that foreign military planes using Shannon are not allowed to carry weapons.

Last month, Foreign Affairs Minister Seen Sherlock told the Dail that the use of Shannon by the United States “not challenge our policy of military neutrality.’’

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