ICC Statement in support of Irish peace Activist Margaretta D’Arcy

Dublin/ Berlin, February 2 2014
Statement in support of Irish peace Activist Margaretta D’Arcy

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:

YELLOW RIBBON EVENT - FREE MARGARETTA! FREE SHANNON AIRPORT!

TUESDAY 4th FEBRUARY 1pm - 1.45pm

YELLOW RIBBON EVENT - FREE MARGARETTA! FREE SHANNON AIRPORT!
Liam Mellow's Statue, Eyre Square, Galway.

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!!!!!

PROTEST THE JAILING OF MARGARETTA D’ARCY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 94 ST. STEPHEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN 2, TODAY FRIDAY, 17 JANUAR

PROTEST THE JAILING OF MARGARETTA D’ARCY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 94 ST. STEPHEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN 2, TODAY FRIDAY, 17 JANUARY 2014, 1.00 - 1.45PM.

The Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today condemning the imprisonment of Irish writer and activist Margaretta D’Arcy for her protest against the use of Shannon Airport by the US Military and rendition flights and called for its supporters to attend the non-party protest today at the Department of Justice, 94 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

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.

Shannon Monthly Vigil Sunday, 10 November

Shannon Monthly Vigil

Sunday, 10 November, 2013 - 14:00 - 15:00
This week the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter showed in no uncertain terms where the Irish government stands in terms of our neutrality. By stating that the Garda Síochána has no role in relation to the inspection of foreign State or military aircraft at Shannon - because they enjoy sovereign immunity - he was confirming that we are 100% in support of aggressive US foreign policy, regardless of how illegal, unjust or damaging it is.
The Minister also repeated the same old excuses and lies about civilian aircraft inspections - that is, planes used to carry CIA torturers and assassination crews.
Clearly the Irish government does not want to investigate or end the US military use of Shannon. That is why it is vitally important that we continue to oppose it with our presence at the airport every month.
Join us on Sunday 10th Nov from 2pm to 3pm if you can.
For more information phone 087 8225087 or email shannonwatch@gmail.com.

 

Minister Makes Excuses for Failure to Search US Aircraft at Shannon

Press Release Shannonwatch, 7 Nov 2013

Minister Makes More Excuses for the Failure to Search US Aircraft at Shannon

The Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter has claimed that the Garda Síochána has no role in relation to the inspection of foreign State or military aircraft at Shannon or other airports because they enjoy sovereign immunity. In effect this means that the government allows the US military to take whatever or whoever they want through Ireland, regardless of the human rights, security and other consequences.

The statement was made in response to Clare Daly TD who asked the Minister whether or not the Government or the Garda Commissioner has instructed Gardaí at Shannon not to search US military aircraft, or chartered aircraft transporting US troops, or aircraft associated with the CIA.

According to Minister Shatter the Garda Síochána has statutory powers of search and entry available to it under various legislative provisions, and these apply to aircraft as much as to any other type of private property.  

He was talking here about civilian as opposed to military aircraft.

"The Minister says that these powers may only be exercised in circumstances where a member of the Garda Síochána reasonably suspects that an offence has been or is being committed" said John Lannon of Shannonwatch. "But there have been plenty of incidents in which there were reasonable ground to suspect involvement in torture-related offences and these have not been investigated"