Saturday 3 December 2016

Justice blind in one eye

Published 26/01/2014 | 02:30

Justice: not truly blind?
Justice: not truly blind?

Madam – Whether one agrees with her views or actions, I think Margaretta D'Arcy deserves credit for having the courage to go to jail for a cause she believes in. There aren't too many people who would consciously choose prison over freedom. Her situation reminds me of a scene in the film Airplane, where all sorts of suspicious looking characters, including some carrying machine-guns and grenades, are allowed to board a plane by the security men, who then proceed to wrestle an unarmed frail elderly lady to the floor to "frisk" her.

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The analogy is all the more apt given the cause Margaretta was espousing.

Responding to a Dail question on her jailing, Justice Minister Alan Shatter declared, "Nobody is above the rule of law."

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