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Some thoughts from Ed Horgan of Shannonwatch on Mother’s Day.
So it’s happy Mother’s Day isn’t it. Lets hope some of the thousands, and more likely tens of thousands, of mothers, will have a happy Mother’s Day, as they flee from the conflicts in the Middle East with their little children, as they huddle at the razor wire fences, in the snow and rain, on the borders with Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Slovakia, being refused refugee protection.
At Shannon airport this morning it was cold, wet and windy, but I was dressed in warm clothing and was able to go the Park Inn hotel and warm up with tea and a scone after taking the photos below.
Edward Horgan was in court yesterday, 13 January, in order to have a date set for his trial for attempting to inspect US military aircraft at Shannon on 18 April 2015. Edward is a champion peace activist of long-standing, and his piece gives an interesting insight into how peace activists are treated in the Irish Courts system.
It was another long day in court, my third long day so far and my case has not even had a date set for trial yet. This represents just one of the abuses of our justice system. I was summoned to appear in court first on 18th November 2015 on a charge that on 18th April 2015, I did “enter a part of Shannon airport to which persons were not for that time permitted”.
Shannonwatch have posted a review of military traffie passing through Shannon in 2015 over on their website – the brilliant monitoring work that they do ensures that the Irish public is kept informed about what’s going on there; the Irish Government don’t like to tell us without a lot of prodding.