GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR PRESS RELEASE GALWAY PEACE ACTIVIST CHARGED
Galway peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy is to face charges before Ennis District Court on July 10th. She has received a summons in relation to an anti-war protest carried out on the runway at Shannon Airport last October to mark both the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war and an international campaign to highlight the deadly use of killer drones.
Ms D’Arcy faces the charge that she “did interfere with the proper use of Shannon airport by going on the runway without permission..”. In response Margaretta D’Arcy said: “I will be arguing in court that I was interfering with the improper use of the airport. Shannon airport is being used as a US military hub. Millions of armed troops have travelled through that airport en route to wage war and commit war crimes. CIA torturers and kidnappers have used Shannon as a stage in their “extraordinary rendition” flights. Millions of tons of arms, including killer drones, continue to be transported via Shannon to kill and maim innocent people in foreign lands. What is happening at Shannon airport is criminal – our action last October was just. It is not us that should be in the dock, but the Irish state for being an accessory to mass murder.”
The protest last October was organised by the Galway Alliance Against War. Participating with Ms D’Arcy in the protest was another peace activist Niall Farrell. He, however, has not yet received a court summons.