01/08/2014 - 13:00
GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR PRESS RELEASE
PEACE ACTIVIST TO BE JAILED ON FRIDAY
Niall Farrell of the Galway Alliance Against War is to be arrested on Friday, 1st of August on his return from abroad and sent to Limerick Prison for his involvement in a peace protest with Margaretta D’Arcy last September on the runway at Shannon airport. In June they were found guilty of having “interfered with the proper use” of Shannon airport and given a two week suspended sentence and what approximates to a €100 fine. Both refused to pay the fine or sign a so-called peace bond and Ms D’Arcy has since been imprisoned for her failure to comply with the Ennis District Court’s ruling.
Ms D’Arcy (80) and Mr Farrell (61) held the peace protest on the 1st September 2013 as it appeared a US war against Syria was imminent. The two peace activists were involved in a similar action on October 7th 2012, the 11th anniversary of the US war against Afghanistan, in opposition to the use of Shannon’s airport by the US military for which Ms D’Arcy was imprisoned for nearly 10 weeks.
The Gardaí have been in contact with Mr Farrell and the latter has agreed to surrender himself in the proximity of Liam Mellows statue on Eyre Square, Galway this coming Friday 1st August at 1.30pm.
In response to this development the Galway Alliance Against War intends to hold a short peace event at 1pm in front of the monument to Liam Mellows, the leader of the 1916 Rising in Galway, in what the peace group notes is “the centenary year of the 1st World War – that so-called ‘war to end all wars’.”
THE SLAUGHTER IN GAZA – THE SHANNON CONNECTION
MARGARETTA D’ARCY “To Abstain From Food” During 2 Week Imprisonment
On June 24th at Ennis District Court, Margaretta D’Arcy was given a two week prison sentence (along with her co-accused, Niall Farrell), to be suspended if she signed a bond to stay away from restricted areas of the airport, plus a fine of €100 (going up to €250 if she didn't sign). Ms D’Arcy is refusing to sign any such bond and will be liable for arrest from July 9th.
According to a spokesperson for the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy will make herself available for arrest at 11am next Wednesday July 9th at Galway’s Mill Street Garda.
A statement issued by Ms D’Arcy via GAAW reads: “Margaretta D’Arcy has the intention to abstain from food during her two week detention. In a small gesture of solidarity with all those who have lost their lives, their communities and homes destroyed. The Irish Government has to take responsibility because of its complicity in allowing the US military the use of Shannon, a civilian airport.”
Mr. Farrell has also stated he will not pay any fine by what he called a “kangaroo court”.
GAAW press release 4/7/14
08/06/2014 - 14:00
09/06/2014 - 14:45
SUN 8/6 2-3pm
As US & NATO use the situation in Ukraine as an opportunity to raise their defence budgets, and Obama seeks to ramp up military capacity along Russia's border, the warplanes continue to come through Shannon Airport. All the while the Fine Gael / Labour government remains silent about the role Shannon is expected to play in US / NATO plans - just as they and the previous government remained silent about its role in Iraq and Afghanistan.
22/02/2014 - 14:00
22/02/2014 - 16:00
Dublin/ Berlin, February 2 2014
Margaretta D'Arcy a 79 year old Irish peace activist on Wednesday 5th of Febuary will have served three weeks of a three month sentence in Limerick Prison, Co Clare, Ireland, for protesting against the use of Shannon Airport by US troops who use it to fly to and from their perpetual wars.
Millions of US troops have used Shannon Airport in the pursuit of the US commitment to its doctrine of perpetual war. The massive opposition by the American people to President Obama's decision to expand his war on Syria in 2013 was a major turning point, as the people of the US began to reject this horrific doctrine. Margaretta D'Arcy maybe old, but in rejecting the doctrine of perpetual war, she is more in tune with the future than the Irish Government, that now, according to its aviation policy seeks "additional military flights" through Shannon.
The RedC poll commissioned by our Irish colleagues in Peace and Neutrality Alliance showed that 78% of the Irish people supported neutrality (see www.pana.ie) and rejected any participation by Ireland in the wars of aggression being pursued by NATO/EU today.
In close international solidarity, the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) strongly condemns the imprisonment of our colleague, Margaretta D’Arcy, salutes her bravery and steadfastness in the cause of world peace and demands her immediate release forthwith.
ICC and all our international affiliates’ world -wide, send warm greetings to Margaretta D’Arcy and assure her of our constant support and actions on her behalf.
The International Coordinating Committee No to War – No to NATO consists of:
04/02/2014 - 13:00
06/02/2014 - 21:00
TUESDAY 4th FEBRUARY 1pm - 1.45pm
YELLOW RIBBON EVENT - FREE MARGARETTA! FREE SHANNON AIRPORT!
Galway Alliance Against War is adopting the yankee doodle dandy "Tie a yellow ribbon" idea to call for the release of Margaretta and for freedom for Shannon airport from the clutches of the US warmongers. So on Eyre Sq at this event we will be tying yellow ribbons around the trees. Indeed, there is an extra message: we are calling for the US GIs to return home to their families instead of invading foreign countries and slaughtering the people there. PEACE NOT WAR!!!!!