NEW FIGURES RELEASED by the Department of Transport this week show that Ireland has allowed 1,122 civilian planes carrying weapons to land on our territory or fly over our airspace, since the beginning of 2014.
Some 538 of those flights took place this year.
Furthermore, the overwhelming majority (96%) of requests by civilian airlines to carry weapons into Ireland, were granted by the Department.
In response to a Freedom of Information request from the activist group Shannonwatch, the Department of Transport revealed that, in 2014:
- 606 requests were made
- 584 were granted (96%)
- 307 planes carrying weapons were allowed to land in Ireland
- 288 were allowed to fly through Irish airspace
- 290 landings involved Shannon Airport, 17 involved Dublin Airport
- In 22 cases, permission was refused
And in the Dáil today, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe told Independent TD Clare Daly that, from January to September 2015:
- 566 requests were made
- 538 were granted (95%)
- 193 planes carrying weapons were allowed to land in Ireland
- 345 were allowed to fly through Irish airspace
- 188 landings involved Shannon Airport, 5 involved Dublin Airport
- 39,613 US troops have passed through Shannon Airport in 2015