Two arrested following airport security breach

Two arrested following airport security breach


A US military C130 transport plane under armed guard at Shannon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2014
A US military  transport plane under armed guard at Shannon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2014

Two people have been arrested following a reported security breach at Shannon Airport this morning.

The incursion involved two peace activists who attempted to reach a US military aircraft with the intention of searching it.

At the time, the aircraft was being protected by members of An Garda and the Defence Forces.

It’s understood the pair were spotted by Gardaí and intercepted before they reached the aircraft.

They were arrested and removed from the area before being taken to Shannon Garda station for questioning.

The ‘peaceful symbolic action’ follows similar previous incidents where activists have entered Shannon to ‘inspect’ US military which they believe use the airport in breach of Irish and international law. 

In July 2014, TD’s Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were arrested after scaling a fence at Shannon.

They were both fined in court but later jailed for refusing to pay the penalty. The pair were released from prison within hours of their arrests.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.