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Monday 15 September 2014

Activist Margaretta D’Arcy released from prison

Published 22/03/2014 | 12:57

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Activist Margaretta D’Arcy was this morning released from prison in Dublin after serving nine-and-a-half weeks of a three month term.

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The 79 year-old Aosdána member was released shortly before 11am having served a sentence for refusing to sign a bond to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon airport.

Ms D’Arcy was transferred to the Dóchas women’s prison at Mountjoy from Limerick prison last month and plans to return to Galway tomorrow.

The activist was arrested in Galway on January 15th and taken to Limerick to serve a three month sentence for illegal incursion of the runway at Shannon airport on October 7th, 2012.

The sentence had been suspended when served at Ennis District Court last December, but this was activated when she refused to sign the bond.

Ms. D'arcy, who is to be treated for bladder cancer,  is due to appear in court again in June on a separate charge of an incursion on Shannon airport’s runway last September.

Sabina Coyne, wife of President Michael D Higgins, controversially visited the activist during her detention. Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams also saw D'Arcy in jail.

Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy is released from prison after her three month sentence for her part in an unauthorised incursion onto the runway at Shannon Airport.
Photo: Tony Gavin 22/03/2014
Ms D’Arcy was arrested in Galway on January 15th. Photo: Tony Gavin
Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy is released from prison after her three month sentence for her part in an unauthorised incursion onto the runway at Shannon Airport.
Photo: Tony Gavin 22/03/2014
Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy is released from prison after her three month sentence Photo: Tony Gavin
Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy is released from prison after her three month sentence for her part in an unauthorised incursion onto the runway at Shannon Airport.
Photo: Tony Gavin 22/03/2014
Ms D’Arcy was transferred to the Dóchas women’s prison at Mountjoy. Photo: Tony Gavin

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