On Tuesday 24th February the first part of the State's case against TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly took place. The case was adjourned until March 10th at 2pm (again in Ennis court) when a number of defence witnesses plus Mick and Clare themselves will give evidence.
Mick and Clare are in court because they climbed a fence and walked towards an US military plane at Shannon in order to inspect it.
We will provide a full report and analysis of the case when it has concluded, but for now it is sufficient to note the main contributors to date. Airport Police officers and Gardai have already given evidence for the State, and five witnesses have presented evidence in support of the defence. The first of these was Irish Times Security Analyst Dr Tom Clonan. Some of the key points of his contribution are outlined here. UN Deputy Secretary Denis Halliday, international lawyer and neutrality expert Roberto Zamora, and Dr Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch also appeared as witnesses. In addition, a former worker at Shannon gave evidence of routinely seeing guns stored in overhead lockers and under seats on US troop carriers. He also spoke about seeing other US planes that remained far away from the terminal building and which he and other workers were not allowed onto while delivering food. These were what workers referred to as the "rendition planes".