Shannonwatch Call for Support for TDs Who Attempted to Inspect US Military Airplane
Shannonwatch, 23 February 2015
Shannonwatch are urging their supporters to come to Ennis District Court on Tuesday February 24th to support TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace who attempted to inspect a US military plane at Shannon last July. Their alleged offence is illegal entrance into a restricted area of the airport, and their action was in response to the failure of the authorities to inspect US aircraft at Shannon.
Shannonwatch have repeatedly called for an end to the US military use of Shannon. They also call for inspection of all military and suspected CIA aircraft at the airport for as long as they are being allowed to pass through.
Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have made it clear that as legislators and as citizens they have a responsibility to uphold Irish neutrality. They have made every attempt inside the Dáil to highlight Ireland's complicity in war at Shannon, but the government has refused to allow the Gardai to inspect US military aircraft.
Mick Wallace said: "Over the last two and a half years we have gone to great efforts to raise this issue in the Dáil. Former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter repeatedly said to us to produce the evidence, and that is what we have attempted to do."
"It is pretty clear to most people that the use of Shannon by the US military who are engaged in several wars, who occupy sovereign states illegally and commit war crimes, is something that this State needs to put a stop to because this has gone on for far too long" he added.
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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
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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.
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