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category national | anti-war / imperialism | feature author Thursday January 23, 2014 00:14author by Justin Morahan Report this post to the editors

"Free Shannon from the US Military"

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Magaretta D'Arcy, a 79 year old peace activist who is also undergoing cancer treatment was arrested at home in Galway.

Margaretta D'Arcy was taken from her home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and jailed in Limerick prison. With Niall Farrell, Margaretta sat on the runway at Shannon while fellow activists called the Gardaí to remove them both for safety reasons. Margaretta had been convicted in court before Christmas, was sentenced to three months in prison and refused to sign a bond that would effectively have set her free.

In prison, she remains defiant, asking that protestors demand not for her own release but the release of Shannon airport from the US military.

Already three protests are planned for today Friday 17th Jan, one for Limerick, one for Galway and one for Dublin. The Dublin protest is outside the Department of Justice at 1 o'clock

Jailed for Refusing to Be Silent: Peace Activist Margaretta D'Arcy

Margaretta D'Arcy is not a war criminal. Nor is she a human rights abuser, or the commander of an invading army. But she has spent many years drawing attention to the fact that these type of people pass through Shannon Airport regularly. The legally and morally correct response from the Irish police would be to investigate this complicity in wrongdoing at Shannon. Instead they imprisoned 79 year old Margaretta because she wouldn't promise to stay away from the airport.

A peace activist who draws too much attention to US and NATO injustices is locked up in supposedly neutral Ireland, while the country's morally corrupt government continues to bend over backwards to support their imperialist plundering. Ireland is obligated under customary international laws on neutrality to not allow US troops involved in wars to transit through Irish territory, and to arrest any such soldiers found on Irish territory. But the government not only refuses to do this - it even welcomes them.

The imbalance in the administration of justice is staggering. Margaretta and Niall Farrell, both members of Galway Alliance Against War, went onto the runway at Shannon on 7th October 2012 as part of an international week of protest against US killer drones. These drones may well be going through Shannon on some of the many US Hercules C-130's that land there, despite the claims of our Minister for Foreign Affairs that these aircraft are unarmed, carrying no arms and are not part of military exercises or operations. These claims are meaningless, as there is photographic evidence of at least one US Hercules landing at Shannon in 2013 armed with 30mm cannon. And on that basis Margaretta and Niall's action was fully justified.

Thousands of innocent people have been executed without trial by drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen (with the approval of President Barack Obama), and thousands more have been injured and badly mutilated. Yet the Irish government pretends Shannon is not involved, just like it pretends the airport was not involved in renditions.

Margaretta and others have tried in vain to have these serious violations of international law investigated. Going onto the runway was a last resort in her efforts to have what she called a long overdue "conversation with the State". In Ennis District Court she explained why it was necessary to do what she did, but the court handed down a three month suspended sentence on condition that she sign a bond not to go back onto the runway. She refused, so the sentence was imposed. And Margaretta has ended up in Limerick Prison.

Margaretta has rightly claimed that Ireland is an active ally and participant in illegal wars. The State has responded by demanding her silence and her inaction. Indeed it's not the first time it has gone to great lengths to protect the illegality being perpetrated at Shannon. Arrests, court cases, barring of activists from the airport, restrictions imposed on protests - these and other violations of civil liberties have all become par for the course in a government-led curtailment of open discussion about what's going on at Shannon. The extent to which public opinion is being ignored is evident from the fact that in a 2013 poll conducted for PANA by Red C, 78% of people expressed the view that Ireland should have a policy of neutrality. It's not something that gets spoken about by government Ministers. Indeed despite what Article 5 of the Irish Constitution says about Ireland being a "sovereign, independent, democratic state", the military-industrial complex is alive and well here, with the mainstream media giving it all the support they can muster.

Margaretta and Niall Farrell are due in court again next week, on January 22nd, to answer another charge relating to action they took at Shannon. This one was on September 1st 2013 when it looked likely that the US was about to declare war on Syria. Throughout the world there was considerable fear that there would a dangerous escalation of the conflict there, and as Pope Francis was leading the faithful in prayer for an end to war in Syria, Margaretta and Niall once again made their way to Shannon to express their opposition to a US war against Syria. These actions are now forcing the State and the media to take note; sooner or later they will have to acknowledge the strong anti-war sentiment that exists throughout the country.

Shannonwatch unreservedly supports Margaretta, and condemns the heavy handed approach taken by the authorities who imprisoned her. We've joined the campaign calling for her immediate release, and we will be organising protests outside Limerick Prison every week until such time as this happens. However as Margaretta herself said from prison, the ultimate objective is not just to free her, it is to free Shannon from the US Military.

Finally, the term prisoner of conscience, which is used to refer to people who have been put into prison for their political or social beliefs or for breaking the law while protesting against a political or social system, fits Margaretta perfectly. In a country where the lip service being paid to human rights is ringing increasingly hollow, the significance of her action is immense. And let's hope that the renewed energy it gives to the peace movement in Ireland yields the desired results.

Court Report for Margaretta D’Arcy and Niall Farrell: January 22nd Ennis Court
This report by Sarah Clancy on Wed, 22/01/2014 and is from http://www.shannonwatch.org/blog/court-report-margaretta-d%E2%80%99arcy-and-niall-farrell-january-22nd-ennis-court

Peace activists Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell appeared today before a packed Ennis Courthouse in relation to a protest they had both made in Shannon Airport on September 1st 2013. At that time it looked increasingly likely that the US was about to declare war on Syria. Throughout the world there was considerable fear that there would be a dangerous escalation of the conflict there, and as Pope Francis was leading the faithful in prayer for an end to war in Syria, Margaretta and Niall had once again made their way to Shannon to express their opposition to a US war against Syria and in particular to Ireland's facilitation of any such conflict.

Magaretta who is 79 has, so far, served eight days of a three month sentence in Limerick Prison which was handed down by Judge Durcan who was also the judge for today's proceedings. Margaretta was transported to court in by the prison service and the court room was crowded with supporters for her and her fellow accused's anti-war activities. Today's business was to set a date for a trial in relation to their actions at Shannon on Sept 1st 2013.

Inspector Tom Kennedy who was acting as state prosecutor requested that he be allowed to amend the charges upon which both activists were being prosecuted and Judge Durkan allowed this and in both cases made an order that the proceedings be postponed to February 13th 2014 which would enable Inspector Kennedy to see that both peace activists were re issued with the corrected charge sheets in respect of their cases.

It is of interest that an identical error was made in the previous charges brought against both activists (on 2nd December 2013) and on that occasion applications from both D'Arcy and Farrell that they case should be thrown out due to this error were denied by Judge Durkan. Following the Judge's refusal to strike out the case Farrell made a request for legal representation in court, this was also was denied to him by the Judge Durkan on that that date. The Dec 2nd case is the one for which Magaretta is currently serving her sentence and for which Niall Farrell received a three month suspended sentence.

Today however, Judge Durkan decided that he would allow the prosecution to amend the charge sheets but he stated that Farrell and D'arcy must be served with them in advance in order to allow them to prepare and so he set the case for mention on February 13th.

Following the outcome of the earlier court case, Niall Farrell decided to engage Mr Peter Madden of Madden and Finucane Solicitors, Belfast to represent him. Today in court Farrell himself drew the judge's attention to the fact that Inspector Tom Kennedy had undertaken to forward all charge sheets to Farrell's solicitor in advance of today's sitting. This had not happened and as a result Mr Madden had not had the opportunity to examine the charges. In today's court Inspector Kennedy gave no explanation for not having provided the documents and so Mr Farrell was left to surmise that this was because of the need to make an application to insert the correct charge.

As Margaretta D'Arcy was lead away from the court some of her supporters chanted US Military out of Shannon and tried to raise placards. They were forcibly removed by some of the approximately 20 Gardai who were present.

A group of people made their way to the car park where they intended to clap for Margaretta when she emerged from the courtroom to be transported back to Limerick prison. However what actually happened was that a Garda Seargent and three other Gardai arrived at the doors and physically grabbed hold of one of the supporters (a middle aged man). When challenged, these Gardai said that the man in question was not under arrest but yet they continued to pull him by force back into the courthouse where it seems that Judge Durkan had requested that he be presented.

Following this event a number of Gardai then manned the door of the courthouse and denied access to all members of the public who were there to support the anti war activists. This gave great cause for concert to all involved as one of our number had been detained without charge or reason given and was now in front of the judge without anyone there either to represent him or to act as witness to proceedings. Despite the fact that this reporter was also denied access to the court it was relayed to us that another woman, a retired school teacher of a similar age had also now been detained without being arrested or charged with any offence. Despite strenuous protestations made to the Gardai on the door by those attending the court they refused to explain by what legislation or by law they were preventing the public's access to court. The only fact that could be gleaned was that Inspector Tom Kennedy had instructed them to prevent access to the court room. One supporter undertook to contact the area Superintendent at Ennis Garda Station one Derek Smart but he has not returned her call as yet.

The two detained supporters have since been released with no official charges being made against either.

For the legal minds the correction to the charge sheets requested by Inspector Tom Kennedy is that regulation 4.1 subsection 14 of the Airport Bylaws of 1994 be inserted.

The Airport Bylaws of 1994 rely for their legality on the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1950, as amended by the 1988 and 1998 Air Navigation and Transport Acts.

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Protest at Limerick Prison in Solidarity with Margaretta D

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Dublin protest will be outside the Department of Justice offices on Stephen's Green at 1 pm.

There will be a protest outside Labour TD, Derek Nolan's office by the Harbour Hotel near the waterfront in Galway, also at 1pm.

The Limerick protest will be outside Limerick prison at 5 pm.

Margaretta's jailing got an airing in the Seanad yesterday, raised by Sinn Féin TD Mr O Clochartaigh.

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your email.

Christopher Quattrociocchi
Private Secretary [Minister Alan Shatter]

Dear Mr Shatter

Despite the continued abuse of Shannon airport by US troops passing
through it, no inspection of the US war planes has been sanctioned by
you. Meanwhile US drones continue to kill civilians (among others) in

When a woman called Margaretta D'Arcy protested non-violently against
this continued shameful wrongdoing inside Shannon airport, you have
jailed her.


I call on you to release her forthwith and accede to her just and
rightful demand that all military aircraft are inspected by Gardaí to
ensure that they are not carrying weapons, or prisoners for rendition.

With best personal wishes

Justin Morahan

pacifist, human rights activist

author by Justin Morahan - Dublin protestpublication date Fri Jan 17, 2014 16:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

About 150 people attended the Dublin protest. Gardaí barred the entrance, so the crowds were along the street and standing on the steps.

author by Sean O Riainpublication date Sun Jan 19, 2014 13:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The jailing of Margaretta D'Arcy is absolutely disgraceful - we should hang our heads in shame.
Peace activists Justin Morahan and Colm Roddy are an example to the rest of us. Maith sibh

Saor Margaretta D'Arcy - laithreach

author by Ciaron - Pitstop Ploughsharespublication date Mon Jan 20, 2014 20:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Solidarity with Margaretta and ongoing resistance at Shannon Airport to Irish complicity at in imperial wars.

Last night, WikiLeaks tweeted out this 10 min vid on the Dublin demonstration

Well worth watching

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Further thoughts on the implications of Margaretta's actions and Sabina Higgins's visit to her can be found on my blog Three Little Dogs under the heading "Margaretta's Stand"

Related Link: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1009264794790792869#editor/target=post;postID=2220826331768989361
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Tue Jan 21, 2014 17:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tomorrow, Global Women's Strike have organized a protest in London for Margaretta. It will take place outside the Irish Embassy at 17 Grosvenor Place,London SW1X 7HR.

author by fredpublication date Wed Jan 22, 2014 08:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Margaretta got a (passing) mention on Vincent Browne by a guest journalist the other night on the garda corruption program.

Solidarity Margaretta. Your brave action is continuing to shine a light on the cowardly behaviour of our garda and authorities regarding US planes using the airport at Shannon.

If you get a chance, please make sure to once again highlight the fact that, in this time of recession and cuts to special needs assistants and services to the disabled, our government continues to waive commercial airport charges for the US military using our cash strapped airport at shannon

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The protest for Margaretta has been put forward to today Wednesday. It will take place outside Dáil Éireann from 1 pm to 2pm.

Point very well made Fred about the Government waiving airport charges for US war planes and crippling the less well off with cuts and extra charges to get the banks out of difficulty and corruption.

author by Felix Quigley - Trotskyistpublication date Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I call for the immediate release of Margaretta. The whole Irish working class must stand behind her in order that the necessary discussion on perspectives can take place. If we are all in prison it cannot.

author by Francespublication date Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

She has taken a principled stand against the US military use of Shannon Airport and has asked supporters to campaign for the release of Shannon from the same military use. It is a bit much to demand that "The whole Irish working class must stand behind her" seeing as the main support for her so far has been letters to the papers from isolated individuals whose class background is not apparent. Whoever the letter writers may be they seem to understand the issue at stake. Shannon Airport must not be turned into a refuelling depot for foreign warplanes.

author by brian clarke - All Voicespublication date Thu Jan 23, 2014 14:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Bogram Air Base Shannon ireland


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author by Justin Morahanpublication date Fri Jan 24, 2014 22:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Yesterday's Galway Advertiser reported that Margaretta may be transferred to Mountjoy prison "next week". I presume that she would be in the Dóchas centre for Women.

A supporter told the newspaper that she will not give up the fight on the issue of Shannon airport.

There were about 200 protestors outside Dáil Éireann on Wednesday with plenty of press interest - and videos available as a result.

Supporters plan to be there again on every Wednesday for as long as Margaretta is in prison.

Related Link: http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/66455/mountjoy-bound-but-margaretta-darcy-vows-to-keep-up-fight-against-us-use-of-shannon
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The latest press release from Shannonwatch tells of yesterday's visit to Margaretta in Limerick prison where her concerns are about the abuse of Shannon, for the participation of women in conflict resolution and for women prisoners' rights. Zoe Lawlor and John Lannon report.

Related Link: http://shannonwatch.org/blog/margaretta-darcy-thanks-supporters-and-highlights-role-women-conflict-resolution
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Wed Jan 29, 2014 16:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

(The first comment on Sean O'Rourke's programme on RTE this morning was criticizing Tom Cloonan as being "anti-American". A Clare Co. Councillor Pat McGrath FF hinted likewise about anti-war activists in Shannon)

Dear Councillor McMahon

You have been quoted in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday 25 January
2014 as having said: "the silent majority in Clare, Limerick and around
Shannon airport are pro-American". This was in the context of the
jailing of Ms Margaretta D'Arcy for having taken part in a civil
disobedience action against the free use of the Irish civilian airport
for US war planes passing through on their way to war.

I don't know whether or not you accurately reflect the opinions of the
majority of people in Clare, Limerick and around Shannon. If you do, so
much the pity.
You are saying that the people you describe as a silent majority also
wish to remain silent rather than speak out against atrocities in which
Shannon airport has been complicit. These atrocities go back at least
as far as the start of the US/UK war against Iraq. They continue to
this day as US drones and US weapons and US military kill civilians in
Afghanistan. US planes passing through Shannon have been found in the
past to be rendition planes that were used for torture purposes. This in
spite of the total prohibition against any Garda inspection of such
military planes.

Are you saying then that the majority of people in Clare, Limerick and
around Shannon have no conscience about the airport being used for
nefarious war purposes by the US?

Are you implying that these people would today knowingly support a
scenario in which US planes carried gas for use in gas chambers in
Afghanistan in which thousands of prisoners - or even one prisoner -
were gassed and incinerated as in Nazi Germany? I take it that gas is
not so transported by the US, but hundreds of thousands have been killed
in Iraq and Afghanistan by the US/UK war machine - and Shannon bears a
big responsibility for the US killings.

You are also quoted as saying: "the people who come down to protest
against the American military aircraft don't come by and large from this
area of the country. The majority who live down here have been
pro-American for decades because of traditional links to the US and the
presence of so many US companies that create thousands of jobs around
us. I have been a public representative for 37 years and I can tell you
that I don't detect any anti-American feeling around Shannon."

As someone who goes to Shannon to protest as often as I am able, I
resent the implication here that I or those whom I join in protest both
from the area and from without are "anti-American", or anti-USA. It was
Margaretta D'Arcy herself who held up a banner at the Shannon peace camp
with the logo "AMERICANS AGAINST THE WAR WE LOVE YOU" - a wording I
myself copied at a monster anti-war rally outside the US Embassy about a
week later. A majority of people in the United States now believe that
the Iraq war was a mistake. Thousands still protest the Afghanistan war
there. Several hundreds have suffered and are still suffering jail terms
because of civil disobedience actions in America similar to Margaretta's
action at Shannon. Many of these are Irish-Americans, who would not
take kindly to your implication that to protest US wars is to be

I cannot finish without expressing my sadness at your second
implication, namely that the setting up of US companies and the
resultant jobs they create in the area should be a good or ethical
reason for the people you mention to turn a blind eye to the wrongdoing
or evil perpetrated by the country of origin of the companies in
question. This assumption is neither fair to the employees or to the
employers or the silent majority you refer to. If it were true it would
mean they believe that there should be no moral questioning when money
or jobs are on offer.

I believe that even the silent majority would not hold that opinion
without some pangs of conscience.

With best personal wishes

Justin Morahan
Human rights activist and pacifist

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Tue Feb 11, 2014 02:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The latest of the continuing protests related to Margaretta's action and demands. Well worth watching.

Related Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QebNQnHF3A4
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Wed Feb 12, 2014 15:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Margaretta D’Arcy Says Minister Should Stop Defending the Indefensible

Shannonwatch, 12 February 2014

Imprisoned peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy has reiterated her assertion that Shannon Airport's runway is being used improperly for the purposes of war, and has called on the Minister for Defence Alan Shatter to stop defending the indefensible military use of the airport. Speaking to John Lannon and Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch this Monday, she said that the State has a responsibility to ensure the proper use of the airport and to protect it against security threats.

"The fact that Niall Farrell and I could walk out onto the runway at Shannon demonstrates that it is not secure." said Ms D'Arcy. "The military use of the airport presents grave risks to the people in the airport or living nearby, as well as being in contravention of international laws and against the wishes of the majority of Irish people".

Mr Shatter has said that from 2004 to 2013 the Garda expenditure associated with anti-war protests at Shannon Airport amounted to over €17.3 million in security costs. "It is wrong to say that these costs are associated with anti-war protests" said Ms D'Arcy. "They are directly related to the US military use of the airport. And they demonstrate particularly poor value for money, given that our presence on the runway had to be brought to the attention of security by other peace activists."

"This State has failed in its duty to protect people in many ways" continued Ms D'Arcy. "The recent European Court of Human Rights ruling in a case brought by Louise O'Keeffe demonstrated that it failed to prevent systematic child abuse. It fought her for over 15 years and refused to own up to responsibility for the abuse she suffered. In the same way it is refusing to own up for years of complicity in torture by allowing rendition planes to land at Shannon".

Margaretta also spoke of her action at Shannon as a legitimate act of non-violent direct action which has been used, among others, by the civil rights movement in the United States of America and the women's suffragette movement. "Non-violent direct action is an effective means of creating change in the world, unlike violence and war which motivate revenge and retaliation and escalation of conflict. My non-violent action demonstrated an unwillingness to participate in what is happening at Shannon. Others including the Catholic Workers and Mary Kelly have felt compelled to take similar action as a result of the shameful participation of the airport in illegal wars".

Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell are due to appear in Ennis District Court again on Thursday 13th February in relation to their second non-violent direct action at Shannon in September 2013.This occurred at a time when there was a likelihood that the U.S. would invade Syria, once again using Shannon as a transit base.

Shannonwatch spokesperson John Lannon added "In the meantime, armed US soldiers are still transiting through Shannon Airport in chartered flights and on US military aircraft. This is occurring without any evident oversight of the dangerous munitions being transported. It would also seem that there are no procedures in place to check if suspected war criminals are included as passengers on these aircraft, or to ensure that international laws are not being broken".

Shannonwatch have organised a further demonstration outside Limerick Prison where Margaretta D'Arcy is being held for Friday February 14th at 8pm. Demonstrations will also take place at The Spire in Dublin on 15th and 22nd February, calling on the State to Free Margaretta D'Arcy and get the U.S. military out of Shannon.

For more information email shannonwatch@gmail.com or phone 087 8225087.

author by Tpublication date Thu Feb 13, 2014 22:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

From the Irish Times on Wed Feb 12th 2014

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is due to visit Margaretta D’Arcy in Limerick Prison this afternoon, where she is being held over her refusal to sign a bail bond to stay out of unauthorised areas of Shannon Airport.

Ms D’Arcy (79), who is suffering from cancer, is serving a three-month prison sentence over her refusal to sign the bond.

Mr Adams - who is expected to address the media at 4:30pm - is the second high-profile politician to go to see Ms D’Arcy in the jail, following a visit by President Michael D Higgins’s wife last month..............

Related Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/adams-to-visit-anti-war-activist-d-arcy-in-limerick-prison-1.1688732
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Fri Feb 14, 2014 13:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Two TDs, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace visited Margaretta in prison yesterday.

Om Wednesday another big protest took place at the wind and rain-swept gates of the Dáil, where we succeeded in planting yellow ribbons on the railings there.

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Fri Feb 14, 2014 15:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Shanonwatch have advised that their demo outside Limerick prison has been cancelled this evening as Margaretta is being transferred to Dóchas (the women's wing near Mountjoy) today.

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Sat Feb 15, 2014 23:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Tommy Donnellan has posted a video of a warm welcome/vigil for Margaretta that took place outside Mountjoy on Thursday night, Stephen Bennett is on the mic.

Related Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WehkQ1_E_Rg
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Mon Feb 17, 2014 00:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There was a big protest at the Spire for Margaretta and several Irish speakers joined in with their supportive banners. They were attending a bigger demo "Lá Mór a Gaeilge" on the same day. Unfortunately I couldn't make it

Related Link: http://www.demotix.com/photo/3938109/dublin-demonstration-solidarity-margaretta-darcy
author by Justin Morahanpublication date Mon Feb 17, 2014 01:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On Sunday, 16 February Dublin saysNo organized a stirring march from the Central Bank of Ireland to Dóchas prison near Mountjoy and back. They stayed outside the gates shouting their support for Margaretta. Gardaí and prison staff appeared supportive.
Two young Greek tourists who described Dublin as a vibrant city were glad to join in

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author by Justin Morahanpublication date Sun Mar 02, 2014 23:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The weekly protest to free Shannon and Margaretta took place on a bitterly cold day Wednesday last. The mortgage protest was side by side with us. Both protests were well attended and the usual TDs came out in support.

author by Justinpublication date Fri Mar 07, 2014 01:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On Wednesday 5 March 2014 another lively protest took Place outside Dáil Éireann.

The usual suspects were all present and it was a pleasure to see veteran peace and anti-war campaigner Ciaron O'Reilly among the throng.

Diarmuid Breathnach conducted a rousing chorus in which part of the refrain was "FREE MARGARETTA. FREE HER NOW"

Eugene McCartan kept the passing public aware of the Shannon controversy. A sizeable number of TD's mingled and Joan Collins praised Margaretta for her action saying that she had done something that was really wonderful.

author by anonpublication date Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Margretta D'Arcy's brave stance is being used to sell T shirts while the world is threatened by the prospect of war between nuclear-armed states . Her imprisonment has featured in seven of the last eight articles on the Irish Anti-war Movement's website while the IAWM has published no statement of its own in relation to the crisis in the Ukraine. When she refused to obey the court D'Arcy knew that she would be imprisoned and knew that an undertaking to comply with the court's ruling would secure her freedom . She urged anti-war activists NOT to focus their campaign on her imprisonment.

author by Justin Morahanpublication date Wed Mar 19, 2014 16:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

at every protest there are people with posters that say US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON

Human kindness dictates that others say FREE MARGARETTA

author by fredpublication date Sat Mar 22, 2014 22:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Margaretta was on the saturday night show tonight.
If you missed it you can catch the repeat show on
monday night or check it out on RTE player

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