Shannonwatch raises concerns over suspected rendition planes

Shannonwatch raises concerns over suspected rendition planes

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A group which monitors foreign military use of Shannon Airport has called on the government to explain why information received by the Gardaí about suspected rendition planes at Shannon Airport was not followed up on.

In a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, Shannonwatch says over one hundred complaints and requests to search suspect aircraft had been made between 2003 and 2013, none of which were properly addressed.

They also reiterated their calls for an end to the US military use of Shannon, and for full disclosure of all agreements made with the US authorities in relation to this use.

Shannonwatch made a number of recommendations to the Oireachtas Committee, including that the government should establish an independent and impartial inquiry into the possible use of Shannon in the CIA’s illegal renditions programme.

“This inquiry should examine the reasons for the failure to inspect suspect rendition aircraft. And the outcome of the inquiry should be made public” said John Lannon who was part of the Shannonwatch delegation that addressed the Oireachtas Committee.

“Over the years we’ve had incomplete and selective reporting of investigations following requests to inspect known rendition aircraft at Shannon” said Mr Lannon. “This highlights the government’s failure to protect the rights enshrined in treaties like the Convention Against Torture which Ireland is a party to.”

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