Former People’s Convention adviser Diarmaid O’Cadhla started to climb the gangway of the British Navy ship when he was stopped by armed crew members. Video footage captured the moment he asked to speak to a captain. When he was driven offshore, the activist told the crew to “f*** off”.
He added: “Who is responsible for this ship? I have a simple question.
“I have business here. She is a weapon of war in a neutral state.”
O’Cadhlawas was arrested and taken to Mayfield Guardhouse where he was charged and cautioned, Garda Martin O’Connell testified.
The prosecution say that on June 16 at John Horgan Quay, having been found on the short of a Cork Port Authority building when he had no legal clearance or reasonable excuse , he did not comply with Garda O’Connell’s order to leave immediately. near the scene in a peaceful and orderly manner contrary to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act.
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Garda O’Connell said there was no objection to parole.
‘There is one ship, HMS Enterprise, an English Navy vessel, and the condition is that the defendant stays clear of John Horgan Quay until the next day in court.’
Frank Buttimer, solicitor for the defendant, asked: “Do we know when the ship is due to leave?”
Garda O’Connell said he understood the ship was due to depart on Saturday June 18.
The video, which was posted to the Facebook group, Corruption Awareness, wrote: “Peace activist released after 20 hours behind closed doors, arrested for advocating dialogue instead of war.
“British and NATO warship HMS Enterprise remains tied up in Cork with heavily armed British servicemen holding automatic rifles against the local community.”
Along with the video, the group added: “The People’s Pope declares peace, British armed warships are not welcome here, neither Russians nor Americans.
“We support neutrality.”