Son fears for health of elderly peace activist returned to jail

The son of jailed Anti-War Activist Margaretta D'Arcy has expressed concerns for his elderly mother's health as she has returned to Limerick Prison this afternoon.

The 79-year-old Galway woman was before Ennis District Court today for further charges in relation to protests at Shannon Airport and it is believed she may be transferred to Mountjoy Prison due to her ongoing treatment for bladder cancer and arthritis.

Ms' D'Arcy is refusing to sign a bond to keep the peace and stay away from unauthorised zones in Shannon Airport and publicity surrounding her case has grown since the wife of President Michael D Higgins paid her a personal visit on Sunday.

Her son Finn Arden has told Clare FM he did not understand why the prison visit attracted such attention.

He said: "It was a personal, private visit and I think she should be allowed to do that.

"They've been friends a long time, they've worked together and Sabina's performed in my parents' plays.

"I'm not sure what the argument is about why Sabina couldn't visit her."

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