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Saturday 21 October 2017

We broke into airport over Gaza - Daly

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly during their alleged attempt to search two planes believed to be used by the US military at Shannon Airport
Mick Wallace and Clare Daly during their alleged attempt to search two planes believed to be used by the US military at Shannon Airport

INDEPENDENT TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have said they were motivated by events in Gaza to breach security at Shannon Airport.

Both Wallace and Daly scaled the perimeter fence at the airport yesterday and managed to get just 500m inside the perimeter before they were intercepted by security.

As Ms Daly tried to clear the fence during their stunt, she fell and cut her upper lip and hands.

They were taken from the airport and spent just two hours at Shannon Garda Station.

"In the last six months it has been put to us on a number of occasions by both former minister Shatter and former Tanaiste Gilmore that we had no proof that there were arms on these planes," said Mick Wallace. He added "they said get us the proof and come back to us".

"We decided that the only way to get any evidence was by going down ourselves," said the Wexford TD.

He also explained that a fortnight of atrocities in the Gaza Strip had spurred them into action.

The pair 'pleaded' with security to be allowed to search the planes for weapons.

Speaking after their release both politicians hit out at the government's approach to Irish-US relations in respect of the controversial military landings at Shannon.

defended

When questioned about whether the stunt was a ploy to combat the bad publicity Mr Wallace received over his recent world cup trip, the soccer enthusiast defended his Brazilian holiday.

He traveled to South America for the tournament while the Dail was still in session.

Mr Wallace said that his Brazil trip was done on a budget.

He revealed that he stayed in hostels for just €10 a night.

"The beer was a €1 a pint and I was getting meals for €3.

"I think I saved money by going to Brazil," he said.

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were released without charge yesterday and a file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide whether or not to charge the rogue TDs.

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