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Clare Daly and Mick Wallace

Clare Daly and Mick Wallace

Clare Daly and Mick Wallace

Independent TDs, Mick Wallace and Clare Daly are to fully contest charges that they unlawfully entered a restricted zone at Shannon airport last July.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Mr Wallace (59), of Clontarf Road, Clontarf, and Clare Daly (46), of Elmwood Drive, Swords, appeared concerning their alleged illegal entrance into a restricted area of Shannon airport on July 22nd last.

The two sat through three hours of evidence in other cases, including tales of heroin- and alcohol-fuelled local crime before their cases were called.

Solicitor for the two, Gareth Noble, told Judge Patrick Durcan that the matter "is to be fully contested" with the cases likely to last one day in the District Court.

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In court, the two accused were joined by a large number of supporters, including Margaretta D'Arcy, who sat beside the two for the hearing.

Ms D'Arcy has already served two periods in jail - one lasting three months - after refusing to sign a bond that she not enter restricted zones at Shannon after being found guilty of two separate illegal incursions at the airport. Anti-war activists, Dr Ed Horgan and Niall Farrell, were also present to support the TDs.

Speaking outside court, Ms Daly said: "We believe that we have a responsibility as legislators and as citizens to uphold our neutrality and we have made every attempt inside the Dail to highlight what has gone on.

"We believe that there is very definitive evidence to say that our airport is being used to facilitate the US war machine and we don't believe that is in the interests of the Irish people."

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