Friday 28 July 2017

Snatched from his people, he stood against oppression

Future historians will view the Day They Jailed John Waters as an event on a par with the 1916 Rising, says Gene Kerrigan

Freedom fighter: Journalist John Waters, prior to his arrest, outside Dun Laoghaire garda station
Freedom fighter: Journalist John Waters, prior to his arrest, outside Dun Laoghaire garda station

These are, indeed, stirring times. We're marking the centenaries of the great events of the early 20th Century – the Lockout, the Rising, the War of Independence, the First Dail. But we're also fashioning the stirring moments that will define our own time. And we can be assured that a hundred years from now our descendants will be commemorating the historic hours of last Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – the Day They Jailed John Waters.

Snatched from amongst his own people, cast into what he called "frightening" circumstances in Wheatfield Prison – John stood alone in defence of liberty. Let us lay down the historic facts, so that the revisionist historians of future generations will not be able to blur the reality of these seminal events.

Back in 2010, John went to the Dun Laoghaire branch of Marks & Spencer, to purchase some tasty goods. On parking his car, John duly paid €2 for one hour's parking. He returned to his car at some unspecified time, with his tasty goods, to find that a ticket had been slapped on the car a mere 16 minutes after John's paid-for hour expired.

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