Seanad debates

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Adjournment Matters

Shannon Airport Facilities

2:05 pm

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

This is the verbatim statement given for the past ten to 15 years on this issue and it is simply not acceptable. I do not accept US assurances that there is no issue here because, as we saw in the case of the telephone tapping of dignitaries around the world, it told us one thing but another thing was happening. This is a sovereign State and if there is nothing to hide on these US aeroplanes, why will it not let gardaí inspect them? It is not for me, as an individual or as a citizen, to find this information because I am not allowed onto the runway in Shannon Airport or to inspect an aeroplane, which is what needs to be done. How many inspections of these US aeroplanes landing in Shannon Airport has the Garda Síochána undertaken? If they have not been undertaken, why not? If the US has nothing to hide, why will it not let the Garda inspect these aeroplanes?


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