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At about 3.45 pm on Sunday September 1st peace activists Margaretta Darcy and Niall Farrell were arrested in Shannon airport in the vicinity of the main runway. They were taken to Shannon Garda station where they were questioned and detained overnight. They were then brought before Limerick District Court at on 2nd September 2013 with Judge Eugene O’Kelly presiding. About 45 minutes after the arrests of Darcy and Farrell two other individuals, including photo-journalist and human rights activist Tommy Donnellan, were arrested several miles from the scene of the airport incursion. Tommy and his friend were later released without charge.
By Jacob Richards
What a strange world we live in! Who would have thought that someone who sheds light on the most heinous of war crimes would face 35 years in prison while those responsible should face no justice at all? Yet that is exactly the situation the United States Government has allowed come to pass.
The announcement by The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, that survivors of Bethany Home would not be included in a redress scheme has been met with great anger and disappointment. Mr Shatter, speaking on RTE radio one on 24th July stated that children who had been fostered out to inappropriate care were not the responsibility of either Bethany Home or of the State. Furthermore the role of the Home as a mother and baby home was another reason for its exclusion from the redress scheme.
Clare Daly TD has welcomed the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar’s calls for a Garda Ombudsman investigation into the Penalty Points Controversy. Speaking on the matter Clare said, “The minister’s calls for an ombudsman investigation clearly vindicate the argument put forward by myself and others that there are still questions left unanswered regarding the Penalty Points issue and that Assistant Commissioner, John O’ Mahony’s investigation left much to be desired.”