Wallace and Daly had received €2,000 fine after airport security breach

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Mick Wallace and Clare Daily. Inset: the duo in Shannon airport
Mick Wallace and Clare Daily. Inset: the duo in Shannon airport
Mick Wallace and Clare Daily. Inset: the duo in Shannon airport

Deputies Mick Wallace and Clare Daly had been fined €2,000 after they were convicted of unlawfully entering a restricted zone at Shannon airport in July 2014.

The pair had breached the airport security by scaling a perimeter fence using a 12 foot rope ladder in a bid to inspect US war planes at the airport.

They had claimed during the trial at Ennis District Court they felt a duty to try to search military aircraft amid claims they repeatedly failed to get information from the Government on possible munitions cargos, alleged renditions and inspections.

The court heard previously that the TDs were intercepted by airport security and subsequently arrested after they made it on to a grass verge next to an area known as taxiway 11.

A US military Hercules C-130 was parked off a main runway at the time, along with another military plane.

Judge Patrick Durcan told the TDs that the District Court is not a battlefield for them to pursue issues which should be heard in another forum.

He fined the TDs €2,000 each for two charges of breaching airport bylaws.

The pair were charged with entering an area of airport they were not permitted in and climbing a fence at the perimeter.

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