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Ploughshares Re-Trial ... Day One

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Tuesday October 25, 2005 00:20author by Elaine Report this post to the editors

Peace On Trial - The Sequel

On a blustery Autumn morning, The PitStop Ploughshares and supporters started Day 1 of the re-trial with a peace vigil by the Spire.

Ciaron And Damien Battle With A Banner On A Windy Morning - David Norris Looks On
Ciaron And Damien Battle With A Banner On A Windy Morning - David Norris Looks On

Activists from around the world joined in the single file march to the Four Courts, led by the defendents. They were joined on their march by Senator David Norris who, earlier, had engaged the crowd with a rousing speech.

Banner Under Control - Ciaron, Deirdre, David Norris And Damien
Banner Under Control - Ciaron, Deirdre, David Norris And Damien

Larkin About In The Trees
Larkin About In The Trees

Defendants In A Circle Before Court - Fr. Bill Leads Prayers For The 5
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Defendants And Some Supporters
Defendants And Some Supporters

author by Elainepublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 00:30Report this post to the editors

So little time to photograph them all. Some went inside to watch court proceedings while others maintained a vigil outside the courts.

Maire At The Spire
Maire At The Spire

Colm - Looking For Answers
Colm - Looking For Answers

Deirdre And Ciaron
Deirdre And Ciaron

Friends In High Places - Senator David Norris And Damien
Friends In High Places - Senator David Norris And Damien

Paul O'Toole - Give Us A Song Mister
Paul O'Toole - Give Us A Song Mister

author by Elainepublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 00:34Report this post to the editors

...restored

And They Shall Beat Their Swords Into Ploughshares
And They Shall Beat Their Swords Into Ploughshares

Martha's Amazing Banner
Martha's Amazing Banner

Tree Of Knowledge - Let Our Brave Hearts Go Stop The War
Tree Of Knowledge - Let Our Brave Hearts Go Stop The War

Saints Block Banner
Saints Block Banner

Young Master MacGregor Makes A Tent From A Banner
Young Master MacGregor Makes A Tent From A Banner

author by Elainepublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 00:42Report this post to the editors

that crossed generations and nationalities.

Some Of The Vigillers Outside The Courts
Some Of The Vigillers Outside The Courts

Swords Into Ploughshares Banner
Swords Into Ploughshares Banner

Justin Morahan - Peace People
Justin Morahan - Peace People

One Of The Youngest Participants - Safe From The Elements
One Of The Youngest Participants - Safe From The Elements

Martha And Levi Chanting At The Courts
Martha And Levi Chanting At The Courts

author by Elainepublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 00:50Report this post to the editors

Jury selected, Trial starts in earnest tomorrow.

Ciaron And Carmen Trotta (From The New York Catholic Worker)
Ciaron And Carmen Trotta (From The New York Catholic Worker)

Eileen, Fr. Martin Newell (Resplendent In His Peace Scarf) And That Banner Again
Eileen, Fr. Martin Newell (Resplendent In His Peace Scarf) And That Banner Again

Grainne - Kids Block - Not Being A Tortoise
Grainne - Kids Block - Not Being A Tortoise

Update Outside The Courts
Update Outside The Courts

Further Updates
Further Updates

author by Updatepublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 01:15Report this post to the editors

Sunday afternoon/evening -25 attended mass at St. cCatherine's Meath St celebrated by homeless solidarity activist Fr. Peter McVery of Ballymun. Babs,

Brian, Francis & Fara prepared food at St. Nicholas Myra Hall where local and iternational anti-war activists from Manchester, Glasgow, Oxford, Milton Keynes London, New York City, Chicago, Tacoma, Vancouver, Warsaw, Dublin introduced themselves and updated on anti-war resistance. Robbie, Carmen, Kitty & Babs sang. DVD of last Pit Stop Ploughshares trial was played.

Monday anti-war vigil was established at the Spire at O'Connell St. grew to 50 folks by 9 am. An inspring speech by Senator David Norris and thanks from the defendants. Followed by single file silent peace walk in memory of the dead of the war on Iraq.

Fr. Bill Bischell SJ who recently served 18 months in Federal Prison for nonviolent resistance at Ft. Benning (home of the School of the Americas & departure point for many of the U.S. troops transiting through Shannon on the way to Iraq gave a blessing and the defendants headed into court. Peace Vigil established outside the Four Courts.

In the morning Judge White appointed Judge McDonagh to hear the case and paneled a jury. The defendants each entered pleas of no guilty to two charges of criminal damge. In the afternoon Judge McDonagh was still hearing a case so adjourned the Ploughshares trial to start at 10.30 am Tuesday in Court 23.

Supporters headed to nearby St. Pauls for dinner.

Monday evening Carmen Trotta (18 years at the New York Catholic Worker) gave a stimulating presentation at Trinity. Eoin Dubsky whose case remains before the high court and Toby from the B52 Two who go to the House of Lords in January in relation to their attempted disarmament of a B52 Bomber at Fairford, England also spoke. About 25 attended the evening chaired by Ian Atack.

J

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by Media Watcherpublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 06:09Report this post to the editors

Barely a couple of paragraphs long. It just states the names and residences (roads, not actual house numbers) of the accused and says they pleaded "ot guilty to two counts each of causing damage without lawful excuse to the US naval plane and to glass door panels, property of Aer Rianta."

No byline on the modest little piece. However there is a great frontpage article about how viagra is good for you. Slow news day or is "peace activists on trial for damaging illegally present warplane" not sensational enough?

author by Media Watcherpublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 06:11Report this post to the editors

Beaten to the punch by the Indo. Perhaps there'll be something more substantial from them later today when they get out of bed.

author by Media Watcherpublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 06:15Report this post to the editors

although they do report that McDowell will be looking into setting up an independent press complaints comission. Possibly madam has not yet had morning croissant and cafe-au-lait though and there will be a strongly worded editorial to delight our eyes in an hour or two?

author by Michael R.publication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 14:50Report this post to the editors

Thanks for all the great pics. Thats my first time seeing Justin Morahan of the Peace People. A regular contributor to this site. Nice ot have a face to all the names.

Still nothing on Irish Times. 1.50pm. There is breaking news report though on the Rossport 5:-

http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2005/1025/breaking10.htm

author by Interestedpublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 14:58Report this post to the editors

Standing Order Donor Would it be possible for you to cut and paste that article onto this page as a comment please?Not subscribed to the Times website...
Also is there any other time outside of 9-4 that one can go down and show solidarity with the 5?Work is a terrible constraint!

author by Michael R.publication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 20:28Report this post to the editors

Hopefully this picture is a foresight of things to come for the brave Ploughshares!! cut-n-paste article resectioned to OtherPress, see link below. Please don't cut-and-paste articles into the comments sections, especially if they're only tangentially related to the parent article that these comments are supposed to provide information on. Thanks - 1 of IMC Ed

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72647&typ...press
author by Updatepublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 22:11Report this post to the editors

Daily Solidarity Routine Around Trial
*Begins Oct 24th, Trial Expected to run until Wednesday Nov. 2nd

*All visuals employed on the way to court and around the court (placards, banners etc) will be provided by the defendants. Please respect!

- 8.30 am Anti-War Vigil at The Spire, O'Connell St

- 9.15 am Peace Walk to Court (single file/silent in memory of the war dead).
We will be joined by Rose Gentle and Senator David Norris

-10.30am - 1pm`'Remembering Iraq War Dead' Vigil outside Four Courts

- 1pm Folks organise their own lunch

- 2pm-4pm `Remembering The War Dead' Vigil outside Four Courts

**************************************************************
*Autonomous nonviolent solidarity actions at other war related sites (eg. Dail, Aviation Authority, U.S. Embassy etc) by groups using their own visuals welcome.

**************************************************************
- TRIAL REFLECTION, FOOD AND DRINKS
(Bring some food and drink to share!)

*5pm – 6.30pm, St. Paul's Church Hall, Arran Quay

-Food will be followed by public meetings at Trinity College (Mon Oct 24th, Thurs Oct 27th & Tues Nov 1st. and a gig at the Lower Deck Fri Oct 28th.

On other evenings food will be followed by a circle of resistance at St. Paul's Church Hall, Aran Quay as international and local activists share experiences of ongoing nonviolent resistance to the war on Iraq.

Need to vacate St. Pauls nightly at 8 pm.

*************************************************************
PUBLIC MEETING - Thurs Oct. 27th. 7.30 pm -

Trinity College Davis Theatre Hall

*PUBLIC MEETING- "WAR IS TERROR IS WAR"

-Mairead Corrigan Maguire(Nobel Peace Laureate),

-Prof. John Maguire (Retired Professor Of Sociology, NUI Cork),

- Ed Horgan (Former Commandant Irish Defence Forces)

Entrance Free

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FRI OCT 28TH *Mid-Trial Party from 8pm

"St. Nicholas of Myra Hall (off Francis St.) Dublin 8

Music by Paul O'Toole and Banda Zingara from 8pm

Bring Food To Share & Bring your own Drinks

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SAT Oct 29th- Solidarity Info Stall 2pm-4pm

Cosantoiri Siochana Information Stall in Support of
Pitstop Ploughshares , Bank Of Ireland, 2-4pm
(Opposite Trinity College)
*************************************************************

PUBLIC MEETING - Tues Nov. 1st 7.30 pm - Trinity College Emmet Theatre Hall

VOICES FROM THE IRAQ WAR

- Jimmy Massey (US. War Combat Veteran of the Invasion & Occupation of Iraq))

- Kathy Kelly (from Sanctions busting U.S. group "Voices in the Wilderness", was present in Baghdad during the U.S. invasion)

-Ciaron O'Reilly (Shannon Defendant On Trial)
Trinity College Emmet Theatre Hall, 7.30pm

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by Briefpublication date Tue Oct 25, 2005 22:29Report this post to the editors

Hopefully somone will put up a fresh post with more detailed reports on Day 2 in court.

In short 40 folks walked to court in bad weather. The weather got progressively better as the day went on. A good Rossport solidarity crew were also around the court. An anti-war vigil was maintained throughout the day outside the trial. The 2,000 U.S. military person lost their life in the Iraq War during today

The Prosecution opened their case against the Pit Stop Ploughshares. Aer Rianta, Airport Authroity, U.S. Navy, & 2 Garda gave testimony for the prosecution. Prosecution continues Wednesday. The Garda in the hangar testified although shocked the Poughshares expressed no violence or malice to him and comforted him during the disarmament action.

Mainstream media continues its policy of censorship around all issues Shannon not covering the case The Ploughshares look bouyant, good solidarity international and local. Food at St. Pauls after court was provided by Keane from Bread Not Bombs and Francis was great.

Drop in if you can into court or at the solidarity peace walk (9.15 from Spire) or also outside court to the peace vigil.

author by Lara Hill - nonepublication date Wed Oct 26, 2005 14:05Report this post to the editors

This is a comment for 'Media Watcher'. There was a short paragraph in yesterday's Irish Times (Tuesday 25 October). On my way from the Courthouse yesterday I stopped into a café which stocks the daily papers and took a quick scan. It was only a few sentences in a column entitled 'In Short'. Still I was glad to see any coverage. Today there is an article by Bronagh Murphy on page 4 of the free paper, 'Metro'. I spoke to Newstalk on Monday 24th, but I don't know if they gave it any coverage in their shows or News Bulletins on Monday - I'll mail them and ask.

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