A CROSS-party group of politicians was forced to cut short their protest yesterday at the use of Shannon by the United States military when airport police ejected them from the building.
The TDs, including Labour’s Joe Costello, Joe Higgins (Independent), Tony Gregory (Ind), John Gormley (Green), Finian McGrath (Ind) and Tommy Broughan (Lab), flew down from Dublin to protest at alleged “rendition” flights going through Shannon.
However, after a short time in the arrivals hall, where they posed behind a banner declaring “US Army out of Shannon”, the group was requested to leave the building by a senior airport police officer under the Air and Navigation Transport Act.
John Gormley said: “We find it strange that we have been asked to leave and President George Bush was welcomed here with open arms only a week ago.”
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