Anti-war activists face trial for damaging US plane at Shannon

Limerick peace activist Edward Horgan.

THE trial of two anti-war activists charged with causing criminal damage to a US navy aircraft at Shannon Airport more than five years ago is due to get under way at the Circuit Court in Dublin today.

The charges against Edward Horgan (76) of Newtown, Castletroy, Limerick and Dan Dowling (40), of Grace Dieu, Waterford City allege  that they caused criminal damage by defacing the aircraft with graffiti on April 25, 2017.

They were also arrested for allegedly trespassing on the curtilage of Shannon Airport on the same date.

Speaking in advance of the trial, Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) Chairperson Roger Cole said that no senior US political or military leaders have ever been held accountable for war crimes, and no Irish officials have been held accountable for active complicity in these war crimes.

“Yet over 38 peace activists, including the most recent case of US Veterans For Peace, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, have been prosecuted for carrying out non-violent peace actions at Shannon Airport in order to expose and try to prevent Irish complicity in these war crimes,” he said.

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