Newsrooms across Ireland this week have certainly been very busy so far. It seems this year’s “silly season” hasn’t quite hit the media yet. There has been a lot of tragedy in this week’s news, but we have chosen to look at a variety of stories, from the light hearted to the more serious topics. This blog post will discuss issues such as the Shannon airport scandal, along with the Beatles tree that was ironically killed by beetles. We’ll fill you in on all you need to know.
Read on to catch up on this some of this week’s top stories…
1. Independent TDs arrested at Shannon airport
Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were arrested by Gardaí on Tuesday after getting into an airside terminal in Shannon Airport. The pair claimed that they were attempting to search two US military planes that were parked in Shannon airport. The two scaled a fence that surrounded the military planes, a Hercules C130 cargo plane and a Boeing 737 aircraft modified for military use. It was reported that they were roughly 100 meters from the Hercules plane when airport police detained them. Local Gardaí then brought them to Shannon Garda station where they were detained and questioned for two hours.
They explained that they climbed the perimeter fence wearing yellow high-visibility jackets in order to examine whether or not the planes were carrying weapons. The pair discussed how the issue has been raised repeatedly in parliament and they have received no satisfaction. They claimed the government forced them to react this way as they refuse to carry out inspections on the planes. Clare Daly explained to the RTÉ News that the former Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, had in some ways made them look for proof as he repeatedly said there was no evidence to support claims and asked them to get some.
Clare Daly sustained some facial injuries when climbing the fence but no major damage was done. The pair, however, may face further charges in the future.