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06DUBLIN255
2006-03-10 16:55:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Dublin
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CHARGES AGAINST SHANNON PROTESTORS DROPPED

Tags:   MARR  PGOV  PTER  EI 
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RR RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ
DE RUEHDL #0255 0691655
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 101655Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY DUBLIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6603
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES
						
					
UNCLAS DUBLIN 000255 SIPDIS SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: MARR PGOV PTER EI SUBJECT: CHARGES AGAINST SHANNON PROTESTORS DROPPED On March 9, charges against four anti-war activists, arrested on September 17, 2005, for protesting alleged U.S. "rendition flights" going through Shannon airport, were withdrawn. In Shannon District Court, Inspector Kevin Moynihan told Judge Joseph Mangan that charges against Niall Harnett (39) and Conor Cregan (33) for failing to comply with the lawful requirement of an authorized person under the Air Navigation and Transport Act were being withdrawn. The two had gained access to a balcony in the main airport terminal to display banners calling on the GOI to stop the U.S. military and CIA using Shannon as a "pit-stop" for transporting prisoners. Charges against two other anti-war activists, Margaret Liddy and St John O'Donnabhain, arrested on the same day, but who were not on the balcony, were also withdrawn. They had been charged with failing to identify themselves properly to airport police under section 33 of the Air Navigation and Transport Act. No reason was given for the decision to drop the charges against the four. After the proceedings Cregan called on the GOI to withdraw re- fuelling facilities and over-flight permission to the U.S. military. He said, "We cannot sit idly by while the Government lets the country's second international airport become an ad hoc U.S. military base." BENTON