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Shannon Landing Facilities.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 May 2004

Wednesday, 19 May 2004

Ceisteanna (36, 37, 38)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

22 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if there is a review in progress or a review is being considered, in relation to the policy of allowing US military aircraft and civilian aircraft carrying military personnel to land at Shannon Airport in view of the recent reports of systematic abuse of Iraqi detainees by US soldiers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14666/04]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

95 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if the Government has reconsidered its ongoing policy of collusion in the occupation of Iraq in view of the most recent revelations and documentary evidence that US troops have committed war crimes against Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison; and if the Government will withdraw overflight and landing permission to US troops en route to Iraq in protest. [14607/04]

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John Gormley

Ceist:

126 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if there is a review in progress, or a review being considered, in relation to the policy of allowing US military aircraft and civilian aircraft carrying military personnel to land at Shannon Airport in view of the recent reports of systematic abuse of Iraqi detainees by US soldiers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14866/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Foreign)

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 22, 95 and 126 together.

The Government has no plans at present to review its policy to maintain overflight and landing facilities for US aircraft. The reasons the Government decided to maintain overflight and landing facilities for US aircraft were set out in the Dáil during the debate of 20 March 2003 and the Government's decision was endorsed in the motion approved by the Dáil.

I have made clear the Government's complete abhorrence of the abuse of prisoners by coalition personnel in my replies to other questions.

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