first_imgShannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Email Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions will meet this Wednesday afternoon with senior diplomats to consider a petition calling for an investigation into the US Military and CIA use of Shannon Airport and Irish airspace.Niall Burgess, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will address the Committee on Ireland’s longstanding policy of military neutrality.Dr Edward Horgan, Margaretta D’Arcy and Dr John Lannon of the Shannonwatch organisation addressed the Committee on their petition in June, and a delegation from the Committee visited Shannon in October to hear a range of perspectives on the issue.Chairman of the Committee Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD says: “This petition is a request to the Oireachtas Petitions Committee to examine the legislative and legal international peace and accountability implications that arise from the authorisation by successive Irish Governments from 2001 to date, of the use of Shannon airport and Irish airspace for the transit of United States armed troops, munitions and other war materials, and of the refuelling of CIA associated aircraft involved in the so-called extraordinary rendition of prisoners.“In October, a Committee delegation travelled to Co Clare for a valuable series of meetings with airport officials, Gardaí and Shannonwatch representatives. Some of those we met pointed to the fact that Ireland’s traditional military neutrality is not a fundamental law or principle enshrined in our Constitution, but rather a foreign policy pursued by successive governments over the decades. Tomorrow’s meeting with Niall Burgess, the most senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will afford the Committee an insight into this complex and sometimes controversial policy area.”Limerick TD Patrick O’Donnovan sits on the committee and the meeting is to take place tomorrow Wednesday December 3 in Dublin at 4 pm.Public proceedings can be viewed online at: from Shannon Watch website. NewsBreaking newsOireachtas committee to meet Department of Foreign Affairs on US Military use of ShannonBy Staff Reporter – December 2, 2014 754 center_img Previous articleMunster quartet secure new contractsNext article#Video Ryanair delivers 13th million passenger through Shannon Staff Reporter TAGSfeaturedShannon airport Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Advertisement Linkedin Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Printlast_img

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