Thursday 19 September 2019

Poet stopped by gardaí at airport over VP protest

Sarah Clancy is approached by gardaí about her protest. Photo: Press 22
Sarah Clancy is approached by gardaí about her protest. Photo: Press 22

Pat Flynn

A Co Clare poet was stopped by gardaí at Shannon Airport yesterday as she tried to make her way toward the terminal while carrying two placards protesting the visit of US Vice-President Mike Pence to Ireland.

Bellharbour-based Sarah Clancy said she was "hoping" Mr Pence would be offended by the language on her signs. She said she was asked by gardaí to move away from the area, "which I did".

The placards read "No fáilte for fascists" and "Queers against Pence".

Speaking in Shannon, she said: "Mike Pence should not be honoured. I very much fear that in years to come people will wish they stood up against this regime.

"In Ireland, we live in one of the most free countries in the world. I can protest Mike Pence's visit, his inhumanity, racism and homophobia without fear of persecution or retribution. All I face is ridicule from people who maybe don't understand the crossroads we are at in the world at the moment.

"If we don't speak out here when there is no risk to ourselves, then who will?"

As part of the security operation, which is expected to cost up to €5m, additional fencing was erected along a section of the main approach road to the airport in anticipation of any possible protest.

Irish Independent

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