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Margaretta Darcy detention causing concern – Ó Clochartaigh

16 January, 2014

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is to raise the case of Margaretta Darcy with the Minister for Justice. Ms Darcy was taken by the Gardaí from her home in Galway yesterday and brought to Limerick prison.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh says:

“I have been in contact with the family and friends of Margaretta who are very concerned for her welfare. She is 79 years old, is quite frail and has an on-going serious health condition.

“Margaretta Darcy, a member of Aosdána, is a well-known filmmaker, writer and human rights activist. She has been very active in the campaign over the use of Shannon Airport for so called ‘rendition flights’ through the airport.

“I understand that a warrant was issued by Ennis District Court for the arrest of Ms Darcy on the 11th December 2012. This was in relation to an incident at Shannon Airport in October 2012. She received a three months prison sentence which was suspended for two years on the condition that she sign a ‘good behaviour bond’. When she refused to sign the bond a warrant for her arrest was issued and Gárdaí took her from her home yesterday morning and brought her to Limerick prison to serve the 3 month sentence.

“I am asking the Minister for Justice to clarify the circumstances around Ms Darcy’s detention and to ensure her health and welfare are being properly attended to.”

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