Canadian Hercules aircraft at Shannon questioned in Dáil

Canadian Hercules aircraft at Shannon questioned in Dáil

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Canadian Hercules C130 at Shannon. Image via Clare Daly
Canadian Hercules C130 at Shannon. Image via Clare Daly

Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister, Eamon Gilmore has confirmed that no evidence exists to suggest weapons or explosives were transported through Shannon Airport by the Canadian military earlier this month.

Mr. Gilmore was responding to a query from Clare Daly, Dublin North Socialist Party T.D. who asked whether a Canadian C130 Hercules aircraft which was present in Shannon on 6 November “at gate 42 was carrying passengers or cargo”.

In response, the Tánaiste said: “Landings of Canadian military aircraft at Shannon are subject to the conditions that apply to all foreign military aircraft that land in Irish airports, i.e. that the aircraft are unarmed, carry no arms, ammunition or explosives, do not engage in intelligence gathering, and that the flights in question do not form any part of military exercises or operations.

“I am not in a position to provide information on the passengers and cargo of individual aircraft which have landed at Shannon Airport,” he added.

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