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Statement from Clare Daly TD re: GSOC report into the leaking of information about her arrest by An Garda Síochána

I welcome the publication of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission report following their investigation into the leaking to the media of information about my arrest on 29 January 2013. The report concluded that, on the balance of probabilities, some of the details relating to my arrest came from within An Garda Siochána and were made available to the media in an unauthorised manner. I also welcome the acknowledgement that my right to privacy and the presumption of innocence were infringed by these leaks.

I believe that the leaking of information about my arrest, coming as it did at the height of a period during which I was working to expose Garda malpractice, was a deliberate attempt to damage me, and to distract from the issues.

While I compliment the work of GSOC staff, the investigation highlights the limitations placed on the investigative powers available to the Commission by legislation – for example it took almost three-and-a-half years for the investigation to come to a conclusion, in part because of stonewalling and non-cooperation by An Garda Síochána.

In relation to my complaint, I asked GSOC to establish if the information which made its way into the media concerning this incident came from within the ranks of An Garda Síochána. I note with interest that this is precisely what the Commission concluded.

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Last week Lubnah Shomali of BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights gave a presentation to TDs and staff in Leinster House. BADIL was established in January 1998 based on recommendations issued by a series of popular refugee conferences in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Its goal is the protection and promotion of the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons.

Palestinian refugees constitute one of the largest and longest-standing unresolved refugee groups in the world today. According to recent estimates, at least 7.9 million (67%) of 11.8 million Palestinians worldwide are forcibly displaced persons. As Shomali pointed out, the displacement of Palestinians is ‘continuous and ongoing’ – an ‘ongoing Nakba (‘Catastrophe’)’.
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Ghost of Health Service Future:
Sensible Policy For A Deadlier Ireland

Back when we were a small country with only
the occasional old five pound note
invested under our long suffering mattresses,
in the golden age of scurvy, typhus, plague
there was always something fatal
to take the frail off our hands
at hardly any expense to anyone,
bar the price of digging the grave.

Now, some scientist comes flapping daily
from the laboratory to declare another bastard
disease sadly no longer incurable.
The long term cost of all this
getting better will be our ruin.

The future we offer you will be short
and affordable.
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Features, Foreign Affairs

Below, a press release from Shannonwatch on the dismissal of charges brought against peace activist Edward Horgan.

Shannonwatch welcomes the dismissal of charges brought by the State against Edward Horgan at Ennis District Court today. The charges were a result of his attempt to inspect US military aircraft parked near the terminal building on April 18th 2015.

“Today’s acquittal at Ennis District would was a small step in the right direction towards ending US military use of Shannon” said Dr Horgan. “This is just the latest in a series of trials of peace activists over their efforts to prevent complicity with war crimes at Shannon airport. This campaign will continue until Irish neutrality is restored, and Shannon airport is returned to proper civilian use only.”

Dr Horgan was on his way to a peace conference in London on the day in question when he saw four US Hercules C-130 turboprop aircraft lined up just beyond the Aer Lingus plane he was boarding. Evidence to the court showed that he engaged in a “communicative protest” by walking towards the military planes to highlight the need to inspect them.
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