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Clare Daly won't pay her fine and is willing to breach security again at Shannon

The United Left TD was granted temporary release last night after being held at Limerick Prison.

UNITED LEFT TD Clare Daly has said she is more determined than ever not to pay a fine for breaching security at Shannon Airport.

Daly and Mick Wallace were both arrested yesterday and held for a time at Limerick Prison.

They were both granted temporary release.

In a video posted online by the Limerick Post, Daly told reporters outside the prison last night that her resolve not to pay the fine has been “even more hardened after our experiences today”, echoing the sentiment of Wallace.

When you’re on the edge of thinking that you’re going to be separated from your family at this time of year it puts you very much in the shoes of those Syrian families who are permanently separated from their loved ones as a result of the horrendous war that’s going on on their soil.

“We are complicit in that by continuing to allow Shannon Airport to be used [by military planes].”

She added that she does not believe her arrest was a waste of garda resources:

We think we have an obligation under the Nuremberg principles when we see an injustice being done. Not only do we have actually have a legal [right] to speak out, we’ve an obligation to speak out.

Once Daly found out Wallace had been arrested, she contacted her local garda station, who allowed her time to see her daughter once she returned home from school.

She described the court system as “utter lunacy”, describing the process she had gone through as “completely unworkable”.

Daly added that she is willing to breach security at the airport again if necessary to inspect US military aircraft. “We are complicit in the slaughter of innocent people [by allowing the situation to continue]“, she said.

Wallace said yesterday that while in Limerick Prison he was told by officers that about 20 other people had turned up over the non-payment of fines but were also processed and sent away.

He was emphatic in his answer that he will not pay the €2,000 fine, stating that he “completely disagrees with the judgement of the judge”.

“We will continue to highlight that it is outrageous Shannon is still being used as a US military base.”

“We jumped over the fence to keep the peace, not break it,” he said.

Read: ‘I’m absolutely not going to pay it’ – Mick Wallace defiant on release from prison >

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