a growing presence of US military aircraft at Shannon

Margaretta D'Arcy & Niall Farrell appeared in court  11/9 over their protests (Sept 1st 2013 & October 7th 2012) against the US war machine's presence at Shannon airport. 

Since the US war drums began beating in the direction of Syria there has been a growing presence of US military aircraft at Shannon:

Shannon Monthly Vigil Sunday

08/09/2013 - 14:00
10/09/2013 - 14:59

Shannon Monthly Vigil this weekend
Regular monthly vigil takes place at Shannon from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday 8th Sept.
It is important to attend in order to send a clear message to the Irish government that Shannon should not be used to support a U.S. led attack on Syria.

See Shannonwatch statement regarding Syria here:

For more information  email or phone 087 8225087


Shannon peace activists charged & up in Limerick Court Monday 2/9

02/09/2013 - 10:30
04/09/2013 - 00:43

On World Peace Day, September 1st, two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) blocked the runway at Shannon airport to express opposition to the continued use of the airfield by the US military as part of its wars in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

 A number of peace activists:Margaretta Darcy, Niall Farrell, and Tommy Donnellan were subsequently arrested and held  at Shannon Garda Station.  It would appear that Margaretta Darcy and Niall Farrell were arrested on the main runway at Shannon airport as part of their ongoing campaign to prevent US military use of Shannon airport.

Tommy Donnellan, who had been filming the protest from outside the airport fence, was taken to the garda station on suspicion of criminal damage.

Niall Farrell and Margaretta D'Arcy were held overnight in custody and will be appearing in Limerick Court at 10.30am Monday 2nd September- exact charges unknown as time of reporting

This is just one of very many incidents where peace activists have been arrested and subsequently prosecuted at Shannon airport while they were attempting to expose very serious crimes of torture, extraordinary rendition and crimes against humanity that have been facilitated at Shannon airport since 2001.

Tommy Donnelan was released without charge after several hours, but his equipment and his mobile phone have been confiscated and will be examined by gardai, not to be released before 4th September.

info: Dette Mc Loughlin

Shannon runway blockade and arrest of peace activists on World Peace Day

Sunday, 1st September 2013:

On World Peace Day, September 1st, two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) blocked the runway at Shannon airport to express opposition to the continued use of the airfield by the US military as part of its wars in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. On behalf of the 2 peace activists, the Galway Alliance Against War released the following statement:

“Over the past twelve years consecutive Irish governments have colluded in Washington’s campaign of wars from Afghanistan to Yemen, in which up to 2 million people have perished. By allowing the US military to use Irish airspace and Shannon airport to wage these wars we have become a willing accessory to mass murder. We have blood on our hands.

“Irish democracy has been subverted in the interests of this US war machine: the Greens and Labour entered government with a mandate to oppose Ireland’s role in these wars and develop a policy of neutrality, but reneged on their promises. Therefore, we feel we have no alternative but to block the runway at Shannon to highlight Irish involvement in this carnage. We have also come on the runway to conduct, what President Higgins proposed, a “conversation” in public places about Irish society. There is no more relevant place in Ireland than Shannon airport’s runway to discuss the need for the government to return to Ireland’s traditional policy of neutrality and cease its collusion in these criminal wars.

Shannonwatch/GAAW 1 day solidarity fast with Guantanamo strikers.

07/09/2013 - 06:45
07/09/2013 - 20:00

Shannonwatch and Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) are organising a one day solidarity fast at Shannon Airport on Saturday 7th September in support of the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. The fast will run from sunrise (6.45am) to sunset (8pm), and members of the public are invited to join in for some or all of the fast.

A press conference will be held at 12 noon on the day.

Over six months ago prisoners at Guantanamo embarked on a prison-wide hunger strike, as it was the only way left for them to protest about the appalling conditions of indefinite confinement in which they find themselves. Many of the men have been detained in Guantanamo for over 11 years without any contact with their families. They have been bound, beaten and made to suffer extremes of temperature. They have been denied justice, first under President George W. Bush, and now under President Barack Obama.

More than 100 of the prisoners in Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, and many are being brutally force-fed. The United Nations Human Rights Commission considers this practice, in which detainees are strapped to a restraining chair, have tubes pushed up their nostrils and liquids pumped down their throat, a clear form of torture. One detainee said the process felt like a "razor blade [going] down through your nose and into your throat."

As Shannon Airport was one of the stops used by the aircraft that kidnapped and brought these men to Guantanamo, it is particularly appropriate that they should be remembered at the airport. For that reason the fast is being held there as a small symbolic sacrifice to draw attention to their plight and to Shannon's shameful role in putting them there.

ShannonWatch - Court Report: Margaretta D'Arcy's Questions Unanswered

Source Thu, 11/07/2013 - 17:05 by shannonwatch

On Wednesday 10th July Margaratta D'Arcy appeared in Ennis District Court in connection with an alleged offence of improper use of Shannon Airport last October. Some of the national media reported that she caused mayhem in the court room when she confronted the judge in a bright orange jump suit. That may have been the case from some observer's point of view, but it would have been more accurate to report that she had tried to initiate a conversation relating to the charges being brought against her, and about the wider issues of war, renditions and the grave misuse of Shannon Airport.

Woman in court in orage jump suite

Here is our report on the court proceedings.

Court Report

Wednesday 10th July 2013, Ennis District Court,  Judge Patrick Durkan presiding.

Defendant : Margaretta D'Arcy (representing herself)

Proscecution : Inspector Tom Kennedy

The case was listed as no. 52 of 57 on the list for that day's proceedings.

The Charge (which was not read out to the court on the day) was that Mrs. D'Arcy had, in Oct 2012, 'interfered with the proper operation of an airport' contrary to S. 14 of The Airport Bye-Laws of 1994.   which is subsequently a contravention of S.16 (6) of the Air navigation Act 1950 as Amended by Section 28 of the Air Transport Navigation Act 1988 and S72 of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993.  (Which amendments basically increased the penalties)

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