Margaretta D’Arcy Sends Irish Media Into Biblical Mode

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Margaretta Ruth D’Arcy, writer, actress, Republican activist and member of the Aosdána (the elitist and abnormally secretive arts grouping), is causing all sorts of angst for right-wing sections of the Irish media (which is pretty much four-fifths of it). She has been ordered to prison by a local circuit court judge after refusing to sign a bond obliging her not to commit trespass following her arrest during protests over the use by the United States military of Shannon Airport as a stopover point for US troops (not to mention a transit port for rendition: the extra-judicial kidnapping, detention and torture of suspected terrorists or militants, sometimes on the flimsiest of evidence). D’Arcy, who is nearly eighty years of age and suffering from cancer and Parkinsons, is currently sitting in Limerick Prison, a modernised Victorian-era jail condemned by an official report in 2012 as dirty, unhygienic and severely overcrowded. A rapid…

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