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Trinity College Dublin graduate Sean Binder; Hundreds of thousands of lifejackets in a makeshift dump outside Eftalou, northern Lesbos in December 2015

Further to the arrest and detention of Sean Binder, 24, from Togher in Cork – who was working as a volunteer with asylum seekers on the island of Lesbos in Greece – last August…

The Guardian reports:

“After 107 days of incarceration, Sarah Mardini – the Syrian human rights worker who saved 18 refugees in 2015 by swimming their waterlogged dinghy to the shores of Lesbos with her Olympian sister – has been freed from Greece’s toughest jail.

The 23-year-old was released late on Wednesday from the high-security Koryallos prison in Athens, where she was being held in pre-trial detention on charges of people-smuggling.

She was allowed to walk free after her lawyers posted €5,000 (£4,450) in bail.

Sean Binder, a 24-year-old volunteer born in Germany and resident in Ireland, was also freed from custody in Chios [a separate island] along with two others from the NGO for which both had worked.

Mardini and Binder had faced prison sentences of up to 25 years after being accused of facilitating people-smuggling through membership of a criminal organisation. Charges of espionage and money laundering were also levelled at the activists.

Both had been volunteering in search and rescue operations with the now-defunct Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), an NGO based on Lesbos.

…But [Zaccharias Kesses, the lawyer heading the aid workers’ legal team in Athens] said a trial was still likely to take place. “The charges may be amended but I think it very unlikely that the trial will be dropped. There is vast pressure in local society against NGOs, who are perceived to be pull factors for refugees at a time when few want them.”

Syrian aid worker who swam refugees to safety freed from Greek jail (The Guardian)

Related: Sean Binder’s Arrest Represents the Criminalisation of Compassion (University Times)

Pic: University Times



From the weekend…

RTE reported:

“The internal Audit Committee of An Garda Síochána has said it was “very concerned” that senior garda management did not tell it about the existence of thousands of fake breath tests or unreliable fixed notice convictions.”

“…The committee, which oversees spending in the force, said it was kept totally in the dark over both issues despite senior management knowing about them in the previous year.”

Garda auditors not told of breath test or FCN controversies (RTE)

Previously: A Breathtaking Timeline

Rachid Redouane

David Hurley, in the Limerick Leader, reports:

A Limerick resident is being questioned by gardai after the discovery of identification documents at his home which were in the name of one of the London terror attackers [Rachid Redouane].

The Limerick Leader has learned the Moroccan national was arrested at a property in the city on Monday night on foot of information received from UK Police.

It is understood the documents were located during searches of the man’s apartment following his arrest.

He is being questioned at a garda station in the city by detectives attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on suspicion of using forged documents.

EXCLUSIVE: Man in custody after ID in name of London attacker seized in Limerick (Limerick Leader)



Former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm

Previously: David Drumm: My Version

Thanks Brian


TD Joan Collins arrested at Dublin water meter protest (RTE)



This afternoon.

Joan Collins (right) and supporters returns to Crumlin.

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Via People Before Profit


Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Michael O’Brien

The Irish Examiner is reporting that Mr O’Brien has been arrested at a protest against Greyhound in Coolock this morning.

It reports:

Anti-Austerity Alliance Councillor Michael O’Brien was arrested on the Greencastle Road as protestors blocked a Greyhound bin truck into an estate.

Dublin city councillor arrested in Greyhound protests (Irish Examiner)

Previously: A Tipping Point

Pic: Anti-Austerity Alliance


Declan Brennan, in the Irish Times, reports that another Garda whistleblower has come forward, claiming to have come under severe pressure after he arrested an off-duty plainclothes detective for drunk driving.

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West, is likely to use Dail privilege to name the whistleblower this week.

Mr Brennan reports:

“The drink-driving charge against the plainclothes garda was adjourned a number of times in court and was ultimately struck out on a legal issue by a District Court judge.”

“The arrest at the centre of this case took place during a routine Garda checkpoint in the midlands when the garda involved carried out a roadside alcohol test on an off-duty detective. He then arrested the detective on suspicion of drunk driving. The suspect was tested at the local station and found to be over the legal limit. He was subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The two gardaí knew each other and the arresting garda claims that the detective was unhappy about the arrest.”

Another Garda whistleblower expected to come forward (Irish Times)

Previously: ‘Confined to Cavan-Monaghan? Unlikely’

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