Colm Roddy & Dave Donnellan outside Ennis courthouse after Colm's acquittal.

Colm Roddy & Dave Donnellan outside
Ennis courthouse Wednesday after Colm's acquittal.

The court case in Ennis involving Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan went amazingly well today!

Dave's case was first up for mention, as today was just a "mention" day and the trial was not due to take place until sometime next year. Just before the court, Dave and Colm were surprisingly arrested and presented with new charges, which increased the amount of the alleged criminal damage they were alleged to have done to €3,500.

The decision by Bank of Ireland to close the accounts of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign accounts is unacceptable political interference and cannot be allowed to succeed. The IPSC has a proven track record in ensuring the Palestinian voice from Gaza and the West Bank continues to be heard. The unspeakable suffering inflicted on the Palestinians by the Israeli military needs to be heard by the rest of the world and this is where the work of groups like IPSC have played such an important role. If the Palestinian voice is not heard they will likely be extinguished as a people by the Israeli government.

The action of Bank of Ireland in closing the accounts of the IPSC is entirely in synch with the policy of the government of Israel to extinguish the Palestinian voice but contrary to the wishes of the majority of the Irish people who want justice for the Palestinians. The same Irish people who rescued this bank from its own greed and incompetence through a generous handout from the exchequer. A handout the Irish people will be paying back for many years to come. Bank of Ireland needs to be reminded that it's future depends on a good relationship with the people. That relationship has been damaged by its decision to close these accounts but can be repaired should that decision be reversed.

Statement of the IPSC on the closure of its accounts by BoI

 

Colm Roddy from Bayside is barred from the County Clare.
Tell the guards in Ennis if you ever see him there.
He's dangerous and determined, you may be sure of that,
Armed with a lethal weapon - an inflammatory hat.

We must protect the war planes from this terroristic threat
This cranky agitator is the worst protester yet
With a t-shirt and a placard and a sly subversive grin
But against our Yankee masters we will never let him win.

So guard the roads and boreens, the bridges, fields and bogs
Cctv, patrol cars and a hundred tracker dogs
Keep a close eye on the Burren and the Bridge of Killaloe
For you'd never know what mischief this desperate man would do.

Watch out for him in Quilty, Spanish Point and Spancil Hill
Beware in Ennistymon and remember well your drill.
Keep watch in Miltown Malbay as the fugitive we seek
For he might turn up with a squeeze-box at the end of Willie Week.

Now the danger is tremendous in the August of the year
For in Ennis we'll be hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann here
We'll be searching every caravan, back-pack and banjo case
And balladeers we'll commandeer if they satirise our chase.

Now to conclude my story about this dangerous man
To keep him out of County Clare is our determined plan
We'll keep his hat in custody for twelve months and a day
As we tug our forelocks humbly to the good old USA.

- Mícheál Mac Donncha

Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan after their appearance at Gort District Court. Picture: Eamon Ward

At Gort District Court, Judge James Faughnan made the order that Colm Roddy of Bayside Walk, Sutton, Dublin 13, and Dave Donnellan, aged 56, of Reuben St, Rialto, Dublin 8, do not enter Clare except for court appearances as part of their bail conditions until their case is finalised.

The two are charged with causing €300 in criminal damage to a fence at Shannon Airport on May 25.

In the alleged incident at 5am on Wednesday, they spray-painted red crosses on airport property as part of a “faith-based protest”.

They were arrested and detained at Shannon Garda Station before their appearance at court yesterday.

Supt Brendan McDonagh of Ennis Garda Station told the court that “there is a possibility of further charges” in the case.

In court, Mr Roddy wore a top with the words ‘Welcome refugees from wars we helped to fuel’.

The two were remanded on bail to reappear in relation to the charges to Ennis District Court on July 20.

The death toll after the US attack on Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan stands at 22: 10 patients (including 3 children) and 12 Medicins Sans Frontieres staff. Whilst attacks by US forces on civilian facilities has become routine it remains no less abhorrent. The deliberate killing of patients lying in hospital beds and the medical personel looking after them is loathsome not just because they are vulnerable but because they are innocent. Once we allow the killing of innocent human beings to become routine we sign our death warrant as a species because there no longer exists any boundary to human violence. In the video below MSF representative Dr Joanne Liu calls for an independent investigation into the atrocity.

   

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