Six politicians call over protestors' case

Thursday 10 November 2005 22.34
Shannon protestors - Six politicians offer support
Shannon protestors - Six politicians offer support

Six members of the Oireachtas have called for the dropping of all charges against five anti-war protestors accused of causing criminal damage to a US Naval aircraft at Shannon Airport in 2003.

The protestors' case collapsed for the second time in just over six months on Monday, after the defence wanted to establish if the judge involved attended the inauguration of the US President, George W Bush, in 2000.

Dismissing the jury, the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court remanded the five protestors on bail to face another hearing tomorrow. 

Today TDs Joe Costello, John Gormley, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Finian McGrath, Tony Gregory and Senator David Norris held a press conference in support of the five protestors.

They also called on the Government to withdraw the services of Shannon Airport from the US for what they described as 'a pit stop for their war machine'.