Jailed 79-year-old peace activist Margaretta D’arcy remains “in good spirits” in Limerick prison, according to her son, Finn Arden.
Mr Arden was speaking at a protest this afternoon on Mainguard St against his mother’s incarceration, however, he insisted that “it’s not free Margaretta D’arcy; it’s free Shannon Airport from the US military”.
The son of Ms D’arcy and the late poet John Arden said his mother, who has cancer, had appeared “fragile” but “seemed in good spirits”. He also explained that she did not have Parkinson’s disease, but suffered from arthritis in her neck.
He also encouraged Galwegians to take advantage of a bus being organised to a peaceful protest outside Shannon Airport on Sunday, 9 February, but stressed that he was not inciting anyone to take to the Airport’s runway.
Also speaking at the protest was Niall Farrell of Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW), who was arrested alongside Ms D’arcy at Shannon Airport in October 2012.
Mr Farrell hit out at those who he said had “lambasted” Sabina Higgins, the wife of Michael D Higgins, for visiting Ms D’arcy in Limerick Prison last Sunday. At his suggestion, the 50-strong crowd applauded Ms Higgins for her visit.
Mr Farrell also singled out Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former Green Party Minister John Gormley and local and national Labour Party figures for criticism for their inaction on military flights through Shannon Airport.
Political representatives at the protest included independent City Councillor Catherine Connolly, Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and People Before Profit Alliance City Council candidate Kiran Emrich.
GAAW will hold its AGM at Richardson’s, Eyre Square on Tuesday, 28 January at 8pm. Mr Farrell said the fact that this will be its 12th AGM was an indication that the group had thus far failed but insisted “we will not stop trying”.