TD’s arrested at Shannon Airport

TD’s arrested at Shannon Airport

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US Navy C130 at Shannon. Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014

Independent TD’s Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were arrested at Shannon Airport this afternoon after they allegedly breached a security perimeter.

It is understood they had attempted making their way to a remote taxiway where two US military aircraft were parked at the time.

It’s also believed that a rope ladder was found close to the terminal building they planned to search the aircraft.

Both have raised the issue of US military use of Shannon and have questioned why the Irish authorities don’t search military aircraft.

The pair were detained by airport police officers before being handed over the Gardaí.

The pair were released after being questioned at Shannon Garda station. A file is being sent to the DPP.

Speaking to 4FM following the incident, Deputy Daly said: “I believe it’s our function to represent human rights and justice in every opportunity we can.”

She accused the Government of  “slavishly adhering to an American agenda.”

“It costs a huge amount of money to carry these aircraft across and they’re not carrying fellas across on their holidays,” Ms. Daly added.

Speaking following the incident, Clare Fine Gael TD Pat Breen said: “Anybody entering restricted zones at Shannon for publicity given the current aviation security concerns must be dealt with accordingly.”

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Claire Daly and Mick Wallace pictured in the Dail. Archive image c/o Oireachtas TV

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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  1. Physcopaths they should be arrested throw away the key away it’s still breaking in, get over ur selfs nothing on the plain, the American military keep up ur brave work I love seeing them pass throw there better and braver then the Irish army

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