Monday 22 December 2014

Jailed activist (79) moved to Mountjoy

Published 15/02/2014 | 02:30

Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy. Photo: Eamon Ward
Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy. Photo: Eamon Ward

ELDERLY peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy has been moved to Mountjoy prison, following a month behind bars in Limerick.

Ms D'Arcy (pictured), who was imprisoned one month ago on January 15, was moved to the Dublin prison at lunchtime yesterday. A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed she had been transferred to the Dublin prison.

Ms D'Arcy's son Finn Arden said he was relieved his 79-year-old mother had been moved to the Dochas facility.

"I think the facilities there are better and it will be more comfortable for her. She's doing ok, she's staying pretty focused. She's frail but she's ok," he added.

Fellow activist Niall Farrell said the move would benefit the 79-year-old who has no intention of signing a bond which could see her released.

"There are better facilities at the Dochas facility. Her biggest problem with Limerick was there was nothing to do. She told me the recreational room had nothing but a table in it," he added.

Mr Farrell said the elderly woman, who is being treated for cancer, was receiving a large amount of mail while in prison.

"She is getting a huge amount of support. Her only concern was she hadn't been able to reply to people.

"I saw her yesterday and she's still in high spirits. They won't break her spirit – but physically it's taking a toll," he added.

Her son added that his mother had been "overwhelmed" by the support she has received.

"She's had over 500 cards all supporting her," he added.

Irish Independent

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