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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday January 08, 2012 19:21 by Edward Horgan 5 comments (last - saturday january 14, 2012 14:01) 5 images
Twenty five peace activists were again far outnumbered by security forces at Shannon airport at the January peace vigil. Inside the airport three OMNI Air Troop carriers were under army and garda protection, at taxpayers expense. Garda and army personnel were not complaining of course, with their Garda overtime and army security allowances. The taxpayer may wish to question however, why Ireland is incurring such expenditure, in addition to waving many of the air navigation fees due to US military traffic over and through Ireland. This military air traffic is also breaching Irish neutrality on a daily basis. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday December 30, 2011 17:29 by Edward Horgan 3 comments (last - monday january 02, 2012 15:37) 4 images
Three OMNI air troop carrying warplanes at Shannon on 30 Dec 2011, are now under heavy guard by a combination of Shannon airport security, Gardai and the Irish Defence Forces. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday September 15, 2011 14:07 by Edward Horgan 12 comments (last - monday september 19, 2011 17:41) 2 images
Civilian passenger numbers are still falling at Shannon airport which is now downgraded to Ireland's third airport after Dublin and Cork. Yet, there were four US troop carrying aircraft at Shannon at 9.30 am today Sept 15, and probably several more during this 24 hour period. These four planes carry at least a total of 1,000 armed troops and perhaps up to 1,200. Today’s total of US troops through Shannon airport may even exceed 2,000 troops. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Monday January 10, 2011 14:43 by Edward Horgan 1 comment (last - monday january 10, 2011 09:35) 3 images
Today’s peace vigil at Shannon on 9 Jan 2011 was not a celebration but a commemoration of events that have been occurring over the past 11 years in Afghanistan and Iraq in which the United States waged unlawful and unjustified wars killing hundreds of thousands of people. It also commemorated and offered condolences on behalf of the many prisoners who were kidnapped, imprisoned without trial and in many cases tortured in Guantanamo and elsewhere. January 2011 also marks the 20th of the US led Gulf War in 1991, which led to the deaths of over two million Iraqi people in the decade up to 2001. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Saturday November 20, 2010 09:18 by Edward Horgan 4 comments (last - monday november 22, 2010 12:30)
We urgently need a national strike, this comming week, to force the corrupt incompetent Fianna Fail/Green regime out of government. If we fail to do so we deserve some of the shame and devestation that is being heaped upon us. We need to take back our country from the shysters and liars who claim to be governing on our behalf. We need to act now or forever live in shame as the children of Ireland suffer and are forced to emigrate.
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international / crime and justice / news report Sunday November 14, 2010 23:19 by Edward Horgan 16 comments (last - thursday december 16, 2010 13:11) 6 images
Garda Sergeant in Charge at Shannon airport asked Edward Horgan to produce evidence that the US Hercules warplane at Shannon was carrying dangerous munitions or war-criminals. When Edward Horgan attempted to go towards the airport to get such evidence he was prevented from doing so by Gardai.
About 1000 US troops and an unknown quantity of munitiions passed through Shannon today
In Afghanistan, some people died because of the US-led war of occupation assisted by some Irish Army soldiers read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday November 08, 2009 23:37 by Edward Horgan 5 comments (last - thursday november 12, 2009 20:50) 9 images
The past week has shown the extent to which Shannon airport has been deliberately run down as a civilian airport and turned into a US military airbase. I spent over two hours there each day, Wed 4th, Friday 6th and Sunday 8th. During these times, the number of aircraft tansiting the airport associated with the US military exceeded civilian passenger aircraft. Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Air France are gradually abandoning services from Shannon while its use as a military airbase is increasing. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday September 27, 2009 19:46 by Edward Horgan 5 comments (last - wednesday september 30, 2009 00:27) 10 images 1 video file
This weekend, Shannon airport was almost deserted of civilian air traffic. However, its transformation into a WARPORT is no longer just a slogan, it comes close to reality. On Saturday the usual OMNI Air US troop-carrying planes were joined by a Hercules C130 probably transporting munitions to the US wars on Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq. An oil-tanker was docked at the Shannon airport Jetty delivering aviation fuel to fuel the aircraft including the warplanes. On Sunday Top-Oil oil company was refuelling another Hercules C130 in the centre of the airport. An Irish Army patrol performed security duties, instead of arresting the potential war criminals.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday September 14, 2009 23:30 by Edward Horgan 5 comments (last - sunday september 20, 2009 23:08) 4 images
The monthly peace vigil at Shannon on Sunday 13 Sept took place on a beautiful Indian Summer's day when nature seemed to be at peace with itself.
However, a closer look inside the airport fence showed very few civilian planes, with Aer Lingus cut backs on Shannon services, Air France/CityJet about to abandon its Shannon Paris route, and Ryanair also planning schedule cutbacks.
There was plenty of military activity however, with four warplanes surrounded by Gardai and Airport Police. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday September 07, 2009 10:00 by Edward Horgan 3 comments (last - tuesday september 08, 2009 02:26) 5 images
A very successful peace conference was held at Shannon airport on Sat 5 Sept 09 for the purpose of highlighting the interconnections between the establishment of a US forward airbase at Shannon airport, the militarisation of Europe, the abuse of Irish neutrality and the Lisbon Treaty. The attendance of over 80 was mainly for Dublin, so it was great to get such a dedicated group of peace activists to Shannon to show them very clearly to extent to which Irish neutrality has been abandoned at Shannon airport and the extent to which Ireland is complicit in the crimes against humanity being committed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday August 10, 2009 21:26 by Edward Horgan 8 comments (last - wednesday august 19, 2009 11:19) 4 images 1 audio file
13 peace activists attended the monthly Shannon peace vigil on 9 Aug 09. As usual we were outnumbered by uniformed and plainclothed Gardai. Peace activists travelled from Dublin, Cork, Mullingar, Galway, Ennis and Limerick to attend. The reaction of passing motorists is increasingly encouraging and positive.
Since August 9 is the aniversary of the distruction of Hiroshima in 1945 by an Atomic bomb, a war crime committed by the US airforce, on the orders of the then US President, it was considered appropriate to commemorate this event. Within the airport about 200 armed US troops were passing through the airport on an Omni Air chartered troop-transporter. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday July 01, 2009 18:06 by Edward Horgan 7 comments (last - thursday july 02, 2009 16:26) 2 images 1 attached file
Irish army soldiers provide guard duty for US navy warplane at Shannon, while up to 200 armed soldiers transit through Shannon on an OMNI Air troop carrier. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday June 28, 2009 13:36 by Edward Horgan 3 comments (last - monday june 29, 2009 16:04) 3 images
On 26 June, Amnesty Ireland issued a special report "BREAKING THE CHAIN: ENDING IRELAND'S ROLE IN RENDITION". At the launch of the report, Colm O'Gorman Amnesty Director described as "barely credible" Green Party TD Ciaran Cuffe's statement that he did not believe that Shannon airport was being used by US flights involved in extraordinary rendition.
Meanwhile, business as usual at Shannon, with Omni air troop carriers, Hercules C130 warplane, and National (Murray) Air munitions plane at Shannon on 27 June 2009 read full story / add a comment
national / politics / elections / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 18:58 by Edward Horgan and Patricia McKenna 4 comments (last - friday june 05, 2009 23:05) 1 image
Edward Horgan Resigns from Green Party
Veteran UN peacekeeper and human rights activist Dr. Edward Horgan was a prominent Green Party member until he resigned and gave his support for the EU elections to independent candidate Patricia McKenna.
Mr Horgan who was a prominent member of the Greens for many years tore up his Green Party membership card during a Green Party press conference saying that the party had not only let their voters down but also members of their own party.
Patricia McKenna stated; “I welcome Edward’s support, he has a great track record on highlighting human rights abuses and I am honoured that he is supporting my campaign.” read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday April 12, 2009 22:23 by Edward Horgan 8 comments (last - sunday april 19, 2009 22:46) 4 images
About 27 people attended an Easter Peace Vigil at Shannon airport. Seven were peace activists, from Shannon, Limerick, Galway, Dublin and Cork, and the remainder were Gardai and airport police.
Within the airport fence a US Hercules C 130 warplane was being protected by a unit of the Irish army, and an Omni Air chartered US troopcarrier was also parked in the centre of the aerodrome. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Monday January 26, 2009 19:53 by Edward Horgan 9 comments (last - friday january 30, 2009 16:07) 3 images
On Sunday 25 January 2009, what is probably a US Navy C-9B Skytrain logistics aircraft was photographed at Shannon airport in neutral Ireland, at about 11 am. Even though it had no obvious military markings, it was being guarded by an Irish army security patrol. The registration number it is obliged to display was incomplete. The only number it displayed was 0050. As far as we can establish its full aircraft registration number is 160050. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / feature Thursday January 22, 2009 18:18 by Edward Horgan 17 comments (last - sunday april 26, 2009 20:49) 4 images 5 video files
The Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance has called on the newly inaugurated 44th President of the United States to respect international law with regard to Irish neutrality by taking steps to terminate the transit through Shannon airport of US troops, military material and CIA associated aircraft engaged in extraordinary rendition with immediate effect.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday November 15, 2008 19:59 by Edward Horgan 6 comments (last - tuesday november 18, 2008 02:38) 6 images
Today at Shannon peace activists flew in from Dublin and Germany, drove from Cork and L:imerick to attend a peace vigil at Shannon in solidarity with a European day of action against European complicity with unlawful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the US torture rendition programme. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Tuesday November 11, 2008 18:28 by Edward Horgan 10 comments (last - tuesday november 25, 2008 03:03) 5 images
On Monday 10 November US a US Air force executive jet, reg no 40109, a learjet 35 or a C 21A in military terminology, was being refuelled at Shannon airport, while being protected by a special garda escort. We dont yet know who the passengers were, but such luxuary transports are not for one star privates, they are normally reserved for one star generals and upwards. Some of these generals have been guilty of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is most likely that the Gardai did not search the aircraft to ascertain if any war criminals were on board. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday July 28, 2008 21:22 by Edward Horgan 8 comments (last - wednesday august 06, 2008 21:48) 1 image 2 attached files
Shannon airport and Irish airspace are being used on a daily basis by US warplanes, with the permission of the Irish Government, in contravention of international laws on neutrality, in spite of the Irish Governments claims that Ireland is still a neutral state.
Lies, Lies and Damn Lies read full story / add a comment