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