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Below, a statement dated May 2019 organised by Clare and signed by Irish TDs and Senators calling for respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms in Catalonia.

We the undersigned, as Europeans and Irish parliamentarians, are very concerned at the human rights violations taking place in Catalonia. Two civil society leaders, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, have spent the last year in prison detained on “sedition” charges against their right to free speech and peaceful assembly. Their continued detention is a disproportionate restriction on their human rights. As members of the Irish parliament we:

·        Call for respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms in Catalonia;

·        Condemn the repression suffered by legitimate elected representatives, political representatives of the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia imprisoned or forced into exile due to their opinions while exercising the mandates entrusted to them by the electors;

·        Note that this is an attack on established democratic rights and freedoms;

·        Call on Ireland and our EU counterparts to do all possible to re-establish conditions for suitable dialogue to find a political solution to a political problem.



Clare Daly TD, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Mick Wallace TD, Catherine Connolly TD, Joan Collins TD, Thomas Broughan TD, Thomas Pringle TD, Brid Smith TD, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Gino Kenny TD, Mattie McGrath TD, Michael Fitzmaurice TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Brian Stanley TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, David Cullinane TD, Denise Mitchell TD,Dessie Ellis TD, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD,  Eoin Ó Broin TD,  Gerry Adams TD, Imelda Munster TD, John Brady TD, Jonathan O’Brien TD, Kathleen Funchion TD,  Louise O’Reilly TD,  Martin Ferris TD, Martin Kenny TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Maurice Quinlivan TD,  Pat Buckley TD, Pearse Doherty TD, Sean Crowe TD.


Senator Colette Kelleher, Sen. Grace O’Sullivan, Sen. Fintan Warfield, Sen. Máire Devine, Sen. Niall Ó Donnghaile, Sen. Padraig MacLochlainn, Sen. Paul Gavan, Sen. Rose Conway Walsh. , Sen. David Norris, Sen. Gerard Craughwell.

May 2019

Foreign Affairs, International

Last March, two US military veterans – Ken Mayars and Tarak Kauff – were arrested at Shannon airport for attempting to inspect a US warplane present on the runway there. The aircraft was on its way to the Middle East carrying up to 300 armed US troops. Since then, both men, who are in their 70s and 80s, have had to comply with bail conditions that see them stuck in Ireland and unable to return home to the United States.

Below, an excellent and very thorough report on Ken and Tarak’s current situation and the lead-up to it, written by Ken.

SUMMARY:  The high court has denied our appeal to have our bail conditions modified in order to allow us to return to the United States until our trial. However the judge said that we may appeal again after the trial date has been set, which we think will happen in October.

The details, of course, are a good deal more complicated and probably confusing.  I will try to explain the entire course of events as clearly as I can within the limitations of my understanding of the Irish judicial system.  This may tell you more than you want to know, in which case you should know that we will remain in Ireland at least until October of this year and conceivably until sometime in 2021.

Let’s start with the Irish court structure.

Like the US system, Ireland has several levels of courts for most legal processes and some specialized courts for selected legal processes.  For our situation, the relevant courts are two levels of criminal courts and a distinctive “High Court” for bail matters and selected other proceedings.

Unlike the United States, there are two categories of attorneys in Ireland: solicitors and barristers.  Normally an individual accused of an offense hires a solicitor or the court may appoint a solicitor to represent the accused.  If a case is to be argued in front of a jury, the solicitor will retain a barrister to present the case in court.
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