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Shannon activist is moved to Mountjoy

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

The 79-year-old who was imprisoned on January 15 was moved to the Dublin prison at lunchtime yesterday.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed that Ms D'Arcy, who is being treated for cancer, had been transferred to Mountjoy.

Ms D'Arcy's son Finn Arden said he was relieved that his mother had been moved to the Dochas facility.

"I think the facilities there are better and it will be more comfortable for her – she's frail but she's okay," he added.


Fellow activist Niall Farrell said the move would benefit Ms D'Arcy who has no intention of signing a bond which could see her released.

Her son added that his mother had been "overwhelmed" by the support she has received.

"She's had over 500 cards all supporting her and there's hundreds of messages online. She's really overwhelmed but she can't respond to them all because the prison doesn't have enough envelopes," he added.

Ms D'Arcy, who is protesting over the US military use of Shannon Airport,was arrested on January 15 after refusing to sign a bond to keep away from unauthorised zones at the facility.