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Peace activist Margaretta D'Arcy moved to Mountjoy Prison


 Margaretta D'Arcy

Margaretta D'Arcy

Margaretta D'Arcy

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

Ms D'Arcy who was imprisoned on January 15 was moved to the Dublin prison at lunchtime today. A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed she had been transferred to the Dublin prison this afternoon.

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.

Ms D'Arcy was visited by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and separately by TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly this week.

“She's getting a lot of visitors and that will probably increase now that she has been moved to Dublin,” he added.

Ms D'Arcy was arrested in Galway on January 15 after refusing to sign a bond to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon. She had been given a three-month suspended sentences last December for illegal incursion of the runway at Shannon Airport.

Irish Independent