Activist back on streets

Elderly peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy was back out on streets yesterday (TUES) protesting about Shannon Airport being used as a stopover for US military airplanes, just a few days after release from prison.

The 80-year-old, who is suffering with cancer, spent over a week in jail for refusing to sign a bond agreeing to stay away from restricted areas at Shannon Airport.

While TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace took their protest to Shannon Airport yesterday (TUES), Ms Darcy was on the streets of Galway to hand out literature against the continued use of Shannon Airport by the US army.

She was released from Limerick Prison on Friday. It was Ms D’Arcy’s second stay in jail, having previously served over nine weeks of a three months sentence for a similar offence earlier this year. She has vowed to continue her opposition to the US military use of Shannon Airport.

And yesterday she again voiced her opposition to the American army’s stopovers at Shannon, following on from Deputy Daly and Deputy Wallace’s arrest.

“The Irish Army is protecting these massacres,” said Ms D’Arcy. “They are protecting their Hercules planes and have stopped two of our elected representative from inspecting it. It’ll be left to us to do something about it in the end, won’t it?,” she said.



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