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Loitering Theatre writes:

This weekend (as part of the Tulca Art Festival Galway, Ireland) artists Loitering Theatre filmed anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy in the moments shortly after her spaceship’s emergency crash landing on Silverstrand beach in the West of Ireland.

D’Arcy had been travelling into the future on a mission to ascertain the results of the forthcoming US election, when the time calibration failed on her ship.

In a scene eerily reminiscent of the final scene in 1968 sci-fi blockbuster Planet of the Apes, D’Arcy disembarked from her spaceship to find herself in a post-apocalyptic nightmare:

While D’Arcy looked on at the giant half-buried remains of the Statue of Liberty in the sand, other Irish citizens seemed oblivious as they continued to walk dogs and play with their children on the beach.

Heston’s Folly (Loitering Theatre)

Previously: Margaretta D’Arcy on Broadsheet

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Margaretta D’Arcy on TV3’sTonight With Vincent Browne Show last night

Journalist Dearbhail McDonald hosted the Tonight With Vincent Browne Show last night and spoke with Margaretta D’Arcy at the beginning.

Margaretta, 80, was released from Limerick Prison last week after she was jailed for refusing to sign a bond stating she would not enter restricted areas of Shannon Airport, following her arrest for protesting at the airport.

Dearbhail McDonald: “Can you rule out going and doing that again?”

Margaretta D’Arcy: “So long as the escalation of war, and we certainly now know what’s happening in Gaza. And I heard this morning that, actually, the military planes coming in from the US are carrying weapons and hardware to help Israel.”

McDonald: “And can you say that definitively? That Shannon Airport…You can’t.”

D’Arcy: “Well, neither can you say it’s not happening. Exactly, so therefore, why doesn’t the Irish Government…if there is nothing going on in the planes wouldn’t it be the simplest thing for them to examine the planes and be able to tell us there’s nothing on there or tell the world there’s nothing on there. Why are they so silent about it? That’s what I want to know. And we cannot find out.”

Later in the show, United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly – who, along with fellow TD Mick Wallace, was arrested during the week when they approached two US military planes in Shannon Airport with the intent to inspect them – told the show that, in the last 12 months, more than 630 US military aircraft stopped off in Shannon Airport.

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Previously: Margaretta D’Arcy on Broadsheet

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Margaretta D’Arcy

Margaretta D’Arcy who was jailed for two weeks last week, over her opposition to US military use of Shannon Airport, may be released from Limerick Prison on Friday.

Lorna Siggins, in The Irish Times, reports:

Prison sources said that D’Arcy may not have to serve the full two weeks of her term in Limerick Prison and may be discharged on Friday.
D’Arcy, who is a member of Aosdána and is receiving treatment for cancer, had not eaten for some days after being taken to Limerick last Wednesday.

D’Arcy has been eating since yesterday, according to her son Finn Arden, and is in “good spirits”.
In a statement, she said her abstention from food initially was taken as “an act of solidarity with the victims of war and in particular with the people of Gaza who are once again being subjected to a brutal bombing campaign by Israel”.

Activist Margaretta D’Arcy may be released from prison this week (Lorna Siggins, Irish Times)

Previously: Margaretta Returns To Jail

Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Margaretta D’Arcy received a two-week prison sentence on June 24 at Ennis District Court. Judge Patrick Durcan offered to suspend it on the condition she signed a bond stating she would not enter restricted areas of Shannon Airport.

As she has refused to sign this bond, she was sent back to Limerick Prison this morning for two weeks, after she presented herself at Mill Street Garda Station in Galway.

Ms D’Arcy, who is 80 and suffers from cancer, is planning to refuse food during her time in jail.

Ms D’Arcy served nine and a half weeks of a three-month sentence earlier this year after refusing to sign a bond agreeing not to enter the unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport on foot of being arrested at the airport in October 2012.


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The protest carried out by Ms D’Arcy and her fellow protestor Niall Farrell on September 1, 2013 – the incident for which she is going to jail today.

‘I feel very honoured to be going back to jail’ says peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy as she’s taken into custody (Irish Independent)


Margaretta D’Arcy goes back to jail (Facebook)

Previously: Margaretta D’Arcy on Broadsheet

Pic: Tommy Donnelan

Margaretta D’Arcy, 79, walks out of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin this morning after serving nine and a half weeks of a three-month sentence.

She was jailed for refusing to sign a bond to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon airport.

Previously: Notes From Limerick Prison

Activist Margaretta D’Arcy released from prison (Irish Times)

Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

UPDATE: Following her release, Ms D’Arcy said:

“It is a fact that illegal ‘extraordinary rendition’ CIA teams travelled via Shannon en route to kidnap individuals and transfer them to torture venues. This is in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention against Torture.  Our Government has turned a blind eye. They are complicit in these crimes.”

“President Michael D Higgins has called on Irish citizens to have ‘conversations’ in public places as part of active citizenship. I have sat on a runway, had a court hearing and gone to prison in an attempt to have this ‘conversation’.”

“I am facing another trial in exactly three months’ time. I hope to continue this conversation/dialogue with the Irish people and our Government and judiciary, and to highlight what we have sacrificed as Irish and world citizens by allowing this colonising of our airport for illegal and immoral purposes.”

“I will also be highlighting the conditions in our prisons, which I have unfortunately been able to experience in both Limerick and Dublin.”

Statement from Margaretta D’Arcy on her Release from Mountjoy Prison (Shannonwatch)


A protest outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin today urging the immediate release of peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy. Ms D’Arcy, who has cancer, is serving a three month sentence for refusing to stay out of “unauthorised areas” of Shannon Airport.

From top:  Robert Ballagh, artist and friend of Margaretta’s, (left);  Zara Starr, Conor Madden and ‘Coco’; from left: Ciaran Garrett, Declan Meenagh, Lisa Connell and Neil Warner of Labour Youth.

Adams To Visit Anti-War Activist D’Arcy In Limerick Prison (David Raleigh, Irish Times)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)


Peace activist Colm Reddy (in orange) protesting the jailing of Margaretta D’Arcy during Eamon Gilmore’s arrival at Government Buildings on Merrion Street, Dublin this morning.



From left:  Joan Collins TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Clare Daly TD and Catherine Murphy TD at the gates of Leinster House, in support of Margaretta D’Arcy also this morning.


Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland


[Margaretta D’Arcy, top, and supporters in Bil’in, Palestine]

On Saturday Zoe Lawlor and John Lannon, of Shannonwatch, visited 79-year-old Margaretta D’Arcy in Limerick Prison.

Shannonwatch writes:

“She was brought photographs and reports of demonstrations in Galway, Limerick, Dublin, London and Bil’in in Palestine, as well as a selection of some of the many articles written about her since her imprisonment. She was pleased that the issue of the U.S. military use of Shannon was being highlighted, and expressed her thanks to everyone who has shown their support.

“Margaretta was in good spirits and talked passionately on a range of issues. She once again referred to the unsatisfactory conditions in the prison, and of the state of ongoing sensory deprivation that the prisoners have to contend with. The impact on the women who are imprisoned is something she said that needs urgent attention. She noted that while plenty of research is being undertaken in relation to prisons, with prisoners often being passive subjects, there was little active engagement with prisoners themselves and very little being done to address their needs.

“Margaretta was pleased to hear that 15 MEPs from 8 different countries had written to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter calling on him to release her. This is something he could do since the government has it within their power to allow a Presidential pardon. However the question of whether or not she could accept a pardon would depend on what it was for, she said.

“She referred to the fact that she and others can stand outside Shannon Airport at the regular monthly vigils witnessing complicity in crimes. “When I went onto the runway I did so to stop those crimes” she said. “It would seem that it is ok for me to witness crimes, but not to do something to stop them. This is something the Minister needs to explain.”

“Margaretta also spoke of the irrelevance of age when it comes to taking action to stop injustices. “A person’s age is not relevant when it comes to taking action” she said. “I may have fewer commitments to family now than a younger person would, and this gives me the opportunity – as well as the duty – to act. It’s important to realise that people can be effective regardless of age.”

Margaretta D’Arcy thanks supporters and highlights role of women in conflict resolution (Shannonwatch)

Margaretta D’Arcy on Broadsheet

Pic: Galway Alliance Against War