Saturday 3 December 2016

Now the President's wife fans US flights fray

Sabina Higgins' visit to jailed 'peace activist' Margaretta D'Arcy has caused consternation, writes Jody Corcoran

Published 26/01/2014 | 02:30

Making the point: Margaretta D'Arcy stages a sit-down protest as the Shannonwatch and other peace/anti-war groups gather at Shannon Airport to mark the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Photo: Brian Gavin Press 22.
Making the point: Margaretta D'Arcy stages a sit-down protest as the Shannonwatch and other peace/anti-war groups gather at Shannon Airport to mark the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Photo: Brian Gavin Press 22.

While you would have to admire Margaretta D'Arcy's enthusiasm for a protest, even if you would have to wonder at the ultimate futility of it all, the greater wonder this weekend is just what the President's wife is up to.

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For despite what Aras an Uachtarain may hope or claim, in the aftermath of the revelation that Mrs Higgins visited the protester in jail, the President and his wife are at the centre of another controversy, political in nature.

MrsHiggins had Limerick Prison opened especially for her last Sunday in order that she could see Margaretta D'Arcy, who was convicted at Ennis District Court last month of endangering lives by encroaching on a runway at Shannon Airport in late 2012.

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