• December 10, 2015

News from the Celtic League

Following the arrests of two Irish parliamentarians this week for refusing to pay a fine relating to their breach of security at Shannon Airport in 2014, the General Secretary (GS) of the Celtic League has issued a statement.

Mick Wallace TD and Clare Daly TD were arrested on Wednesday 9th December and taken to Limerick prison, but released two hours later at the discretion of the prison governor. Mr Wallace TD told supporters as he approached the prison “It won’t be as bad for me as those in Syria.” Even though both Mr Wallace and Ms Daly have been released they can still be rearrested at a later date.

The GS, Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, issued the following statement:

“The Celtic League condemns the arrest and detention of Mick Wallace TD and Clare Daly TD yesterday for their refusal to pay fines for breaching security at Shannon Airport in 2014. As elected representatives of the Dáil and Irish citizens, both Mr Wallace and Ms Daly had an obligation to act in a case where they believed illegal activity was taking place.

“The use of Shannon airport by the US military as a stopover base for rendition flights from Iraq and Afghanistan, is unacceptable, because it contravenes international and Irish law. By rights the Gardaí should have searched each US military plane on landing at Shannon, because of the high suspicion that they are rendition flights and carrying innocent civilians who have been kidnapped from their sovereign country of origin and/or residence, to be subjected to imprisonment and/or torture,

“In breaching security and attempting to search the US military planes themselves, Mr Wallace and Ms Daly were simply carrying out a duty, that the Gardaí had failed to undertake. If Mr Wallace and Ms Daly had not made an attempt to speak out about the use of Shannon airport, then they would have been complicit in the human rights abuse of innocent people.

“The Celtic League supports Mick Wallace TD and Clare Daly TD for their decision to refuse to pay the fines imposed on them last year for beaching security at Shannon Airport.”

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
Issued by: The Celtic News

The Celtic League established in 1961 has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It promotes cooperation between the countries and campaigns on a range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, military activity and socio-economic issues

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