Two members of the Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) were yesterday being detained at Mill Street Garda Station in relation to an incident at Shannon Airport last month.
GAAW PRO Niall Farrell and well-known writer and peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy (78) were arrested around 9.30am yesterday morning and detained at Mill Street under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, under which they could be held for a maximum of 12 hours before being charged or released.
On 7 October, both activists had attempted to block Shannon Airport’s main runway as part of a demonstration to mark the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.
A spokesperson for GAAW yesterday condemned the arrests, stating that Mr Farrell and Ms D’Arcy had denounced the drone warfare and the use of Irish airports and airspace in the ‘War on Terror’ during their protest at Shannon Airport.
“This is a attack on the entire Irish peace movement. The two people arrested were acting on behalf of all those against Ireland’s participation in the horrific slaughter of innocents in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere in the Middle East,” said Dette McLoughlin.
Describing the arrests as “shameful”, Ms McLoughlin said it is a “further attempt to criminalise anyone that stands up and speaks out for peace and justice in this country”.