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Taoiseach authorised Shannon aircraft searches in 1962

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Dé hAoine Nollaig 28, 2007 11:21author by Coilín - Self-Appointed Foreign Policy Watchers of Irelandauthor email aatchoo at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

Cuban aircraft were searched and data were passed to the US embassy for 8 years

In a discovery that sheds new light on the current conspicuous refusal of the Garda Síochána to search US military aircraft and CIA aircraft suspected of carrying victims of torture through Shannon Airport, the Irish Times today tells us that Taoiseach Seán Lemass personally authorised searches of aircraft at Shannon in 1962.
The difference is that these were Cuban aircraft, that the searches were instigated at the request of the United States, and that data gleaned from these searches were passed to the US embassy for the next eight years.

Newly declassified files from government archives show that Taoiseach Seán Lemass authorised searches of Cuban aircraft landing at Shannon Airport during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, and went on passing information about these flights to the United States right up to 1970, Political Editor Stephen Collins writes in the Irish Times today.

Lemass personally authorised the aircraft inspections – searching for "munitions and implements of war" – on 6 December 1962, after a visit from US ambassador Mathew McCloskey to Lemass’s office.

The US ambassador first sought an appointment with the Taoiseach in October 1962, when the crisis about Soviet nuclear missiles on the island of Cuba was at its height. Another US diplomat visited the Department of External Affairs, where he "spoke about these flights and the data the US administration were anxious to have", the secretary of the department, Con Cremin, wrote in a memorandum dated 2 November. And, after his own meeting, Lemass rang Cremin to say that he had told the ambassador that Ireland would consider refusing rights of transit if any "warlike" material was found on board Cuban aircraft landing at Shannon.

"We will supply such manifest data as becomes available in respect of future flights and are prepared to make available similar data in respect of a reasonable past period, going back if necessary to the initiation of the service," the Taoiseach told the secretary of the Department of External Affairs.

The Taoiseach said that Washington was worried about the transport of technical personnel and possibly of arms through Shannon, which might have helped in the build-up of nuclear weapons in Cuba, the Irish Times tells us.

Details about aircraft cargo and weight, and about passengers and their nationalities, were subsequently handed over to US embassy officials, along with details of overflights.

Read the original article in the Irish Times:
Lemass authorised aircraft searches during Cuban crisis
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author by Constitutional Precedentpublication date Aoine Noll 28, 2007 15:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We must face the fact that we are a nation of cute hoors and there are none more
cuter whores than the FF war-mongers. They do politics and enjoy the spin -off benefits-
personally I would not like to find myself in a room with any FFers at all.

Ireland is not and has not been neutral in this War that we are forced to witness.

The IT mentioned the archive was thirty years old. What are they repressing about the
global abuse that we must raise our kids in in these six years since Bush's Phoney war?
The truly scary thing is that most middle class types and property belt voters would rather
Ahern and Co than Kenny who is seen as jesuitical and a Merckel fan. They say it on the street;-
'Rather the liars than the FG/Lab coalition' that leaves a huge area for people to work on with
regard to building a political movement that does not advocate globalisation/abuse of
Africa and governmental role of advocacy on behalf of the ordinary people- unfortunately for
us- noone gives a fuck once they have money and can ignore suffering.

Coilin add in links to show how the National archives are created, how many ministers
seal the documents etc- thats something that would involve only a small knowing cadre
of like-minded people.

author by anonpublication date Aoine Noll 28, 2007 17:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Labour party has demanded a re-think by the Government on how to deal with the suspected practise of extraordinary rendition flights passing through Shannon.

Labour's human rights spokesperson Joe Costello believes the CIA programme is still in operation and must be brought to an end, and should be dealt with by the government.

“I think that it is appropriate at this moment in time that the Irish Government would now assure that all steps were taken to ensure that no such prisoners would be taken abroad through Irish ports, and that they would instigate searches as they had done almost a half-century ago,” he said.