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.

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.

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- Brian Cowen

- Dermot Ahern

- Michael Martin

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