Activist detained after trying to search plane

Activist detained after trying to search plane

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© Pat Flynn 2015
Dr Edward Horgan was detained at Shannon Airport this morning – © Pat Flynn 2015

A well known peace activist was detained at Shannon Airport early today after he attempted to reach and search a US military plane.

Former Irish Army commandant Dr Edward Horgan was boarding an Aer Lingus flight to London when he saw four United States Air Force C-130 Hercules transport planes parked on a taxiway.

At around 8.15am, Dr Horgan broke away from other passengers who were boarding the same flight and he attempted to cross a live ramp and aircraft taxiing area to reach the planes.

He was stopped by an airport worker and escorted to the terminal building where he was met by airport police officers and gardaí.

Following his released, Dr Horgan said: “I have no doubt there were weapons on board these planes and it’s very unusual to see four of the craft at the airport at one time.”

© Pat Flynn 2015
One of the four United States Air Force C130 Hercules planes at Shannon today – © Pat Flynn 2015

A Shannon Airport spokesman said: “Shannon Airport can confirm that a man was detained after diverting from the Heathrow aircraft he was due to board.”

“A member of airport staff swiftly apprehended the man as he strayed from the designated approach to the aircraft steps. He was handed over to An Garda Síochána. The flight departed on schedule,” the spokesman added.

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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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