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.
The recent use of chemical weapons in Damascus is without a doubt an appalling atrocity causing untold damage to human life and creating panic in the area. There can be no doubt that this was a horrifying attack which increases the already high death toll of over 100,000 people with over 1 million people displaced so far. At this point there is no definitive evidence as to who carried out this attack.
A further imposition of cut backs at St. Michael’s House is creating huge uncertainty for the service which cares for over 1,700 adults and children with intellectual disabilities. The recent announcement to cut a further €1 million from the service’s budget with immediate effect has been met with anger and bewilderment from service users and staff at St. Michael’s House.
Jamison Maeda discusses US relations with Cuba
A tropical breeze blows across sapphire blue Caribbean waters and through the palm trees that line El Malecón, the avenue running along Havana’s north shore. Strolling past historic, Spanish forts and cathedrals, you hear salsa music just around the corner. The smell of Chichachirritas (fried plantain chips) drifts through shuttered windows. As you walk among some of the Havana’s two million inhabitants you find yourself in the middle of 500 years of culture.