IAWM PRESS RELEASE – 29 JANUARY 2014
• PROTEST THE JAILING OF MARGARETTA D’ARCY AT DÁIL EIREANN, WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY 2014, 1.00 - 1.45PM.
The IAWM issued a statement calling on its members and supporters to join the protest / vigil at Dáil Eireann today, 29 January from 1.00 - 1.45pm.
The statement noted:
The IAWM condemns the imprisonment of Margaretta D’Arcy, a 79-year-old writer and activist who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and cancer, for her brave stance against the continued use of Shannon Airport by the US military in its pursuit of futile wars abroad, and calls on the Justice Minister Alan Shatter to release her.
Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:
“We support Margaretta D’Arcy’s stance against wars waged by the US military and the brave action she took at Shannon airport in trying to draw attention to the use of an Irish national airport in the pursuit of such wars which have brought much suffering to millions of people abroad. Shannon Airport has also been used in the CIA rendition programme thus implicating Irish people in the torture of innocent people in Guantanamo Bay.
It is truly shocking that the Irish Government can jail a 79-year old woman who is suffering from Parkinson’s and cancer yet has persistently refused to search US war planes at Shannon, one of which recently was found to be heavily armed, and has failed miserably to jail anyone related to the activities in the banking sector that has brought the country such ruin.
We know, from various polls, that a majority of the Irish public object to the use of Shannon Airport as a military hub and we are sure that most will also be outraged at the jailing of a peaceful 79-year-old frail woman. This is the first time in many years that protests are happening simultaneously around the country and at the Irish Embassy in London.
We call for ending of the use of Shannon airport as a US military hub and for the immediate release of Margareta D'Arcy.”
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 647 2737
John Molyneux, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Mark Price, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 345 4332
Website - www.irishantiwar.org
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