Margaretta D'Arcy clashes with court over apostrophe

Anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy yesterday clashed with a judge over the State omitting the apostrophe in her surname in all documents before the court.

Margaretta D'Arcy clashes with court over apostrophe

The 79-year old ‘Guantanamo Granny’ was yesterday making her second public appearance since her incarceration last month arising from her refusal to sign a bond requiring her to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.

The Galway woman yesterday travelled from Limerick Prison to appear at Ennis District Court.

Ms D’Arcy told Judge Patrick Durcan: “My name is D’Arcy with an apostrophe, which is a Norman name and my name appears on the summons as Darcy, which is completely different.”

Judge Durcan replied: “Legally, the spelling of the name is irrelevant and what is relevant is that you are here in answer to an accusation made by the State. That it what is relevant.”

Ms D’Arcy asked: “So it is not relevant that the State has summonsed me in a name that is not my name?”

Judge Durcan said: “You are here to answer to a complaint made by the State and that is what is relevant.”

Ms D’Arcy replied: “I’m still perplexed, as names are important and what the State is doing is actually giving me a name and identity that is not mine.”

Judge Durcan said: “What I am concerned with is that you are present — the rules of the district court give a very wide jurisdiction to a district court judge and if you are saying that there is an apostrophe after the ‘D’, I now make an order inserting it in all court documents.”

Ms D’Arcy and Niall Farrell, aged 60, of Ballynacloghy, Maree, Oranmore, Co Galway, are before court in relation to an alleged incursion at Shannon Airport in September 2012.

Judge Durcan yesterday remanded them on bail to reappear before Ennis District Court on March 11.

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