Press Statement from GAAW
"Exactly 100 years ago this Bank Holiday weekend Britain - and therefore Ireland - entered the 1st World War.
On this very day Ireland is holding prisoner Niall Farrell of the Galway Alliance Against War for a peaceful protest, along with Margaretta D'Arcy, at Shannon Airport to highlight the involvement of the Irish State in US wars in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Farrell's and D'Arcy's anti-war protest was a supremely political statement and in line with the Nuremburg War Trial principle whereby individuals have a duty to oppose crimes against humanity, even if this means acting in conflict with national laws. Yet, the Irish State has denied Niall Farrell political status and he is in effect being criminalised for this peace protest. He is in solitary confinement, 24 hours lockup, without clothes and allowed no visits.