TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly face the prospect of going to jail after both declared that they will not pay €4,000 in fines imposed on them by a judge.
They were found guilty at Ennis District Court of breaching airport regulations when entering a restricted area at Shannon airport last July and fined €2,000 each.
The judge has given them three months to pay and threatened 30 days in prison if they do not. However, speaking on the steps of the courthouse after the case, Mick Wallace told reporters and supporters: “I wouldn’t pay that fine to save my life.”
Dublin North TD Clare Daly agreed. “We have no intention of paying a financial contribution to a state which allows this behaviour to continue (at Shannon),” she said.
The issue involved is that Day and Wallace, like Margaretha D’Arcy before them, ‘breached airport regulations’ in order to highlight a much greater wrong, the breaching of Irish neutrality by making Shannon available to US
military aircraft for the purpose of transmitting arms, military personnel and military prisoners for rendition (torture in other countries).
Socialist Worker applauds their principled stand and condemns the hypocrisy of a government that prepares to celebrate the centenary of a revolt against empire while deliberately violating Irish neutrality