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Irish Peace Activist and Artist ‘Guantanamo Granny’ Tries to Arrest Judge

By R Teichmann - Posted on 16 December 2013

Margaretta Ruth D’Arcy (b. 1934), an Irish actress, writer, playwright, and peace-activist. Margaretta is a member of Aosdána since its inauguration and is known for addressing Irish nationalism, civil liberties, and women’s rights in her work. The Arts Council established Aosdána in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland, and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art. 


by Shannonwatch

published on 14 Dec 2013
republished here under the term of Fair Use

On Wednesday 11th December, In Ennis District court. Margaretta D’Arcy of Galway Alliance Against War attempted to make a citizen arrest on Patrick Durcan the presiding judge.  Margaretta claimed he was complicit in supporting criminal acts at Shannon Airport because in passing sentence on her and Niall Farrell who went onto the runway to protest against the US military use of the airport, he ignored the fact that Shannon Airport has violated the integrity of the Irish Constitution Articles 28 and 29 as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights recognised by the European Union and European Court of Human Rights. According to Margaretta, it puts the security of the U.S. war machines above the security of its civilian passengers.

“His suspended sentence reveals where his concerns are so long as I observe crimes that are going on in Shannon from the outside I don’t go to jail but if I try and stop war crimes inside the airport I will be locked up for three months” said Ms D’Arcy.

“I assert that the security and safety of passengers is the total responsibility of the airport and the fact that we were on the runway proved that Shannon is not a proper airport and the protection of the US military is more important than the safety of the passengers.”

This is a statement she began reading before the Gardai seized it out of her hand in court.



by Margaretta D’Arcy

I am making a citizens arrest on you Patrick Durcan, district court Ennis; for making Irish people active allies and participants in illegal wars.

Ireland is breaching the legal definition of neutrality as described by the Hague convention and subsequent international law on neutrality.

The Nuremberg principal states; complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime or a crime against humanity is a crime against international law.

Complicit in U.S. military passing through Shannon airport

Complicit in U.S. transportation of military hardware and drones.

Complicit in U.S. rendition flights. .

Complicit in U.S. assassination as legitimate forms

Complicit in U.S. bugging of E.U. offices in the U.S. and in Europe.

The U.S. has contravened the international law of justice and morality.

Obama thanked the Irish Government  for it’s support of Shannon making Ireland U.S. allies, and making us complicit; desensitizing us and making normal what is abhorrent. Our constitution has been violated; humiliated; our neutrality undermined.

Ireland should stand up for international justice and morality. Arguments for keeping Shannon open for the military are obscene; we are perpetuating the ideology of blood money. It is desensitizing our people to reality of war crimes.

The parliament of artists; Aosdana voted NO to the use of Shannon as a military airport. In the ancient Irish legend; the poet Sweeney was struck with madness when he supported war. That madness is still with us and that spell has to be broken. Violence and war lead only to death.

It is my duty as a member of Aosdana, paid by the tax payer to maintain the integrity and aspirations of international justice and morality as stated in the constitution. My integrity as an artist would be violated if I did not directly confront the improper use of Shannon airport.


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