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The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops.

These are the key points.

An article about the recent signing up to Pesco:

1) the NATO dimension; 2) the necessity to increase defence spending ("regularly increasing defence budgets in real terms in order to reach agreed objectives",); and 3) that the Petersberg Tasks are not as innocent at portrayed. The underlying thread of supporting the arms industry is also a huge point.
2. Also this article from French TV ( which has the following:

"EU officials insist this is not just bureaucratic cooperation, but real investment that will help develop Europe's defense industry and spur research and development in military capabilities that the bloc needs most.

Mogherini said the move would complement NATO's security aims. The EU, she said, has tools to fight hybrid warfare - the use of conventional weapons mixed with things like propaganda and cyber-attacks - that the military alliance does not have at its disposal."

3. Also, this German news site: 'EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the signing of PESCO as a "historic moment in European defense." The decision to launch PESCO indicates Europe's move towards self-sufficiency in defense matters instead of relying solely on NATO. The EU, however, also stressed that PESCO is complimentary to NATO, in which 22 of the EU's 28 countries are members.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the launch, saying that he saw it as an opportunity to "strengthen the European pillar within NATO." Stoltenberg had previously urged European nations to increase their defense budget.

"I'm a firm believer of stronger European defense, so I welcome PESCO because I believe that it can strengthen European defense, which is good for Europe but also good for NATO," Stoltenberg said.

4. Finally interesting document re EU/NATO Council Conclusions on the Implementation of the Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization:

See the attached for more (word doc).

Ray McGovern was a recent guest of the Peace & Neutrality Alliance and the Galway Alliance Against War. He spoke in public meetings in Dublin and Galway, had meetings with a number of TD's and Senators and the Lord Mayor of Dublin. He can be reached on:

Ray was around in the fall of 1962 and watched the Cuban missile crisis up close and personal. He served as an Army Infantry/Intelligence officer from 1962-1964 and then joined the CIA AS AN ANALYST (never had to overthrow any governments or ship kidnapped people thru Shannon). During Ronald Reagan's first term (1981-85) he briefed Vice President Bush, the Secretaries of State and Defense, and other very senior officials in the morning with the President's Daily Brief. He was chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch of CIA, had three of my analysts supporting the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) in Geneva and Vienna, and was in Moscow in May 1972 to take part in the ceremonies marking the signing of the ABM Treaty -- the pillar of strategic stability until Bush Junior walked out of the treaty. VIPS and Ray are now focusing very much on the new acerbic tone in U.S.-Russia relations, the intense public campaign to blame Russia for everything, and THEY ARE EXPOSING, WITH FORENSICS TO BACK THEM UP, THE FACT THAT "THE RUSSIANS HACKED LAST YEAR'S ELECTION" IS AS FRAUDULENT AS THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION OF 15 YEARS AGO.

The Legend of the Russian Hack

from the most recent to the VIPS Memo to President of July 24, 2017 (not to mention several earlier ones, including op-eds by Bill and Ray in the Baltimore Sun, over the past year)

A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack
August 9, 2017

Former NSA experts, now members of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.

By Patrick Lawrence

Vigil outside the US Embassy

The Peace & Neutrality Alliance and Irish CND protests outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin, and we would have done the same outside the Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea if they had one in view of the very real possibility of a nuclear war between the two states which would lead to the deaths of millions of people not only in Korea but the entire region. We call for inclusive direct negotiations of all the parties involved.


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Public Meeting The Irish Neutrality League and the Imperialist War 1914-18

Paul Murphy MEP on the EU:
Speech by Paul Murphy MEP Socialist Party Dublin Constituency (Word Doc).

Frank Slijper on the EU:
Speech by Frank Slijper, Senior Researcher of the Dutch Campaign Against the Arms Trade (PDF).

Filipe Ferreira on the EU

Speech by Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein candidate for the Dublin Constituency of the EU Parliament (Word doc).

Connolly Media-Group
Shannon Watch
On the 13th Oct 2013 the yearly trip to Shannon airport was held by PANA to demonstrate against the use of the airport as a hub for American troops and equipment since 2001.

Video of PANA Public Meeting on SYRIA

Interview with the speakers at the PANA public meeting on Syria (7/9/13)

Syria: Nobel Peace Laureate Tells Her Account of What She Witnessed

NATO or Neutrality? Debate by Irish Anti-War Movement

Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway - Part 1

Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway - Part 2

Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway - Part 3

Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway - Part 4


The EU/US/Israeli axis is planning to go to war with Iran, a war which will be much worse that the Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan wars. PANA intends to do all it can to stop the war.
Download: Attacks_in_Iran.pdf and What_War_With_Iran_Might_Look_Like.pdf

The US Army and Shannon Airport

International Solidarity Campaign

President Obama and US troops in Shannon Airport

Since 2001 the Peace & Neutrality Alliance in Ireland has campaigned against the use of Shannon Airport by US troops during war in accordance with international law as stated in the Hague Convention of 1907.

Support the Irish peace movement’s campaign to terminate the use of Shannon Airport by US troops on their way to and from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

See the groups that have done so already.


The Peace & Neutrality Alliance was established to advocate an independent Irish foreign policy, maintain Irish neutrality and promote a transformed United Nations as the organisation through which Ireland should pursue its security concerns.

It is open to all groups and individuals that accept our objectives.

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Since 1996 PANA has campaigned against the integration of Ireland into the US/EU/NATO military structures, and in particular, the use of Shannon Airport by the US military on their way to and from their wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

In 2009 Ed Horgan, International Secretary of PANA was granted a 10 year visa to visit the USA. In January 2010 it was revoked after Ed had received an invitation to speak at a conference in Duke University, North Carolina on torture and extradition. After intensive lobbying Ed was granted a 3 month visa to attend the conference. This was a victory for the Irish and US peace movements. It was a defeat of those in favour of war and who seek to destroy free speech.
(Powerpoint presentation of Ed's address to the conference).

Part of that campaign is to for the first time actively seek to increase our individual membership. Please download this membership form, print out a few and distribute to your friends. These horrific wars will continue and the use of Shannon Airport in them will continue forever unless there are people willing to join PANA and/or other peace groups in large enough numbers to end them. Its up to you.

US Army out of Shannon poster    Restore Irish Independence Democracy and Neutrality poster
New posters available, click on the image above.


The AGM of the Peace & Neutrality Alliance was held on Saturday, December 4 in the Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Here is the text of two of the speeches from the AGM:
1. Building the New Republic by Roger Cole, Chair of the Peace & Neutrality Alliance 2. Scrap Trident by Alan Mackinnon, Chair of Scottish CND

* POLICY DOCUMENTS by PANA National Executive

NO to War NATO and the Lisbon Treaty 
(September 2009)

Irish Independence or European Superstate
A European Battle fought on Irish soil (February 2008)
By Carol Fox, Research Officer of PANA

The EU BATTLE GROUPS: Regiments of the Empire
by Roger Cole (updated May 2006)

The EU Constitution - Policy document by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (November 2004).



Shannonwatch holds a regular vigil on the 2nd Sunday of every month
from 2-3pm at the Shannon Airport Roundabout.
Contact Tel: +353 878225087

17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co.Dublin, Ireland.
- tel: +353 +1 235 1512 - email: - web:

Ray at the Mansion House

Pilger meeting

Recently two major internationally know figures that campaign against the US doctrine of perpetual war visited Ireland, Ray McGovern and John Pilger visited Ireland Ray had a meeting with the Lord Mayor of Dublin and with political activists while John spoke at a packed meeting in TCD. A free PANA badge will be given to the first person who contacts PANA with information of any coverage in the Irish national corporate media.


A pro-EU defence of Irish Neutrality by David Alvey
This was first published as a two part series in the September and October 2017 issues of the Irish Political Review

Ed Horgan, International Secretary of PANA address two major international conferences in Denmark and Switzerland in August and September 2017. Following on from the two conferences PANA attended Brussels, they are a further indication of PANA's commitment to working with other peace groups in other states as part of our analysis that working for peace is both an international and national struggle.

Rule of Law – from local to global - v - Misrule of Force Presentation by Edward Horgan to Mut zur Ethik (Courage for Ethics) Seminar in Will, Switzerland 3 Sept 2017

Alternatives to European Union militarization? Presentation by Edward Horgan, PANA international secretary to Danish Peoples Movement 26 August 2017

WPC and No to NATO -N0 to War conference

A large PANA delegation attended the WPC and No to NATO -N0 to War conferences in Brussels to ensure its delegates were aware that the six counties of Northern Ireland as part of the UK, were and remain part of NATO since its foundation. The other key issue was to highlight the reality that the Republic of Ireland is not a neutral state, but a de facto US Aircraft carrier, with well over 2.5 million US landing in Shannon Airport in order to help it and its allies such as the UK, to destroy, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and the Yemen. After the horrific attack in Manchester, a city with very strong Irish connections, by terrorists supported by the UK when they destroyed Libya with a four month bombing campaign and supplied the terrorists with military and financial support, we wish to make it clear that PANA was the only peace movement in Ireland that did not support the "freedom fighters". Every effort we made to condemn Libya's destruction was ignored by RTE and rest of the Irish corporate media.

The photograph above shows the Chair of PANA. Roger Cole holding up the PANA/Shannonwatch document 'Shannon Airport & 21st Century War' which was widely distributed at both conferences. It can be downloaded from this site, or a copy is available by contacting PANA on: 00 3531 (0) 2351512.

The CIA and War

Ray McGovern is a retired CIA Analyst and an expert on Russia. He was invited to speak in Dublin in early November 2016 at a public meeting, and to have a meeting with members of Dail Eireann by PANA and the IAWM. His web site is: He was interviewed by Roger Cole on the Connolly Media Group.

Article by David Morrison,
Research Office of PANA on the Irish Neutrality Bills.
- Download Word doc (50kb)

Lynn Boylan MEP speech to the Irish Neutrality Conference 2016

Vote on the Neutrality Bill in Dail Eireann which was defeated by a relatively narrow vote of 52-42


PANA pamphlets:

Shannon Airport & 21st Century War:

Positive Neutrality is Ireland's Best Defence
PANA submission to Irish government's White paper on defence

Some Facts About Iran's Nuclear Activities

The Battlegroups of the European Empire

Shannon airport and the 21st Century War
Download pdf (2.62MB)
Edited by
John Lannon and Roger Cole

Address to Greaves School
by Roger Cole, Chair of PANA
September 15

Response to the White Paper on Defence
by Carol Fox, member of the PANA National Executive

by Roger Cole,
Chair of the Peace & Neutrality Alliance

Neutrality Bill Defeated

"Shannon Airport is a virtual forward base of the US military"
Dr. Tom Clonan, Security Analyst of the Irish Times giving expert witness at the trial of Deputies Daly & Wallace at their trial in the Ennis Courthouse 24/2/15

Fine Gael, Fianna Fail Labour combine to ensure the defeat of the Neutrality Bill to ensure the continuing use of Shannon Airport as a US Airforce base.
Read the debate and the vote.

No to War No to NATO

NATO are holding their conference in Newport in early September and peace groups in the UK have organised a major Counter-Summit in Wales & Cardiff and many other protests. Full details are available on their websites: and

Speakers from Ireland are Margaretta D'Arcy, Ed Horgan and Roger Cole from PANA, Senator David Cullinane from Sinn Fein and independent Mick Wallace TD.

The best way to get there is via Rosslare-Fishgard ( or fly Dublin to Cardiff.

Shannon policy facilitates Ireland's role in Iraq crisis
Opinion: The Army, born in a national struggle against imperialism, is being increasingly integrated into Battle Groups of the EU, a strategic military partner of Nato.
Roger Cole

Court Report on the Trial of Margaretta D'Arcy & Niall Farrell

Court Report 24062014 (rtf)

Shannonwatch Call for Investigation of Rendition Flights Through Shannon at Oireachtas Committee MeetingFor a copy of Shannonwatch's full submission to the Petitions Committee, click here or visit our website

See also

The Ukrainian regime is illegitimate - but the EU backs it to the hilt
David Morrison,
12 March 2014

A Second Crimean War?
Since 1996 the Peace & Neutrality Alliance has campaigned for the right of the Irish people to have an independent foreign policy with Irish neutrality as its key component.
Read more

Margaretta D'Arcy & Shannon Airport
by Carol Fox in Peace News


The Minister for Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter declared his intention to carry out a review of Irish Defence Policy and asked for submissions. PANA published its submission (see attached) and was asked to discuss it with the Dept. of Defence Review Committee.
Also attached is the Sinn Fein (an affiliate of PANA) Defence Review Submission.

Since Mr. Alan Shatter is on record (see NATO Review interview) as saying that Irish neutrality is irrelevant, despite the fact that the RecC poll commissioned by PANA showed that 78% of the Irish people support neutrality, there can be little doubt that submissions supporting neutrality will be ignored in the White Paper when published in 2014. The tide of history however, is with those of us who support Irish Independence, Democracy and Neutrality. Those who seek to restore imperialism as a permanent ideology, like Mr. Shatter, such as the Prime Minister of GB recently discovered, no longer can do so easily, despite the support of the corporate media. The dustbins of history awaits them.

The Militarisation of the EU

The EU Parlament recently (12/9/2013) approved a Report entitled: "EU Structures: State of Play and Future Prospects" which called for a fully fledged EU Military Headquarters, stronger EU Battle Groups, more financial expenditure on military equipment and closer relations with the NATO, a nuclear armed military alliance.
How the MEP's voted (including Irish MEP's) can be seen on:

Martina Anderson MEP, one of Ireland's MEP's and a member of Sinn Fein, voted against and her speech is attached.

Leaders Questions Shannon and Syria by Clare Daly

RedC Poll on Irish Neutrality & Syria
(PDF - 335KB)

ican - Ban Nuclear Weapons Now


On July 1 for a six month period over 150 Irish soldiers are taking part in a 3,000 strong German led EU Battlegroup that can be sent anywhere in the world  including Syria or Iran to take part in a war if the EU Council of Ministers decide to do so. 

The PANA discussion document "The Battle Groups of the European Empire"  provides an analysis of how this happened and how the people of the different nations living in the emerging Empire need to work together to oppose it. 

Another Europe is possible.


The growing links between NATO and the EU were a key feature of the NATO conference in Chicago. One of the best sites based in the USA is STOP NATO run by Rick Rozoff.
PANA strongly recommends the site.

Stop NATO e-mail list home page with archives and search engine:

Stop NATO website and articles:

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Irish Foreign Affairs

- Volume 7, Number 4: December 2014 - download PDF
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- Volume 7, Number 1: March 2014 - download PDF
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- Volume 6, Number 3: September 2013 - download PDF
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- Volume 5, Number 4: December 2012 - download PDF
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- Volume 5, Number 2: June 2012 - download PDF
- Volume 5, Number 1: March 2012 - download PDF
- Volume 4, Number 1: April 2011 - download PDF
- Volume 3, Number 4: December 2010 - download PDF
- Volume 3, Number 3: August 2010 - download PDF
- Volume 3, Number 2: April 2010 - download PDF
- Volume 3, Number 1: January 2010 - download PDF
- Volume 2, Number 3: July-September 2009 - download PDF
- Volume 2, Number 1 and 2: January-June 2009 - download PDF
- Volume 1, Number 2: July - September 2008 - download PDF
- Volume 1, Number 1: April-June 2008 - download PDF


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