Seanad debates

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Adjournment Matters

Shannon Airport Facilities

1:55 pm

Photo of Trevor Ó ClochartaighTrevor Ó Clochartaigh (Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

What is the Government's policy on the matter? When will it take action? When will it carry out inspections at Shannon Airport? How many aeroplanes have been stopped and searched over the term of the Government? What action has been taken to act on the reports by the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, etc., to ensure that Ireland's neutrality is sacrosanct?

There has been a lot of talk about economic sovereignty.

Sovereignty, when it comes to neutrality, is extremely important to the people, with many wanting it copper-fastened as they have fears around the militarisation of the EU. We need to be strong on these issues. If we are to be very much a part of UN peacekeeping forces, we need to practice human rights on our own soil. A key part of that is to intervene in Shannon Airport and stop what is going on in a covert way.


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