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Atlantic team gears up for 'Airing Erris' Sunday 6 July

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The Atlantic Stream

This Sunday July 6th at 1 pm, the Atlantic team heads to An tSeanscoil in Ceathrú Thaidhg, Co. Mayo for the third episode of "Airing Erris". Run by AfrI: Action from Ireland, this popular panel discussion will be streamed live on our Atlantic Stream Livestream channel. This time around, the panel will discuss policing.

After a special video message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, speakers on the day will include former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday; peace campaigner Margaretta D'Arcy; investigative reporter Gemma O'Doherty; former Garda Sergeant Bernard McCabe; farmer Willie Corduff; and playwright Donal O'Kelly (chair).

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Here's some more about the great line-up of panellists:

After a three-decade career at the UN, Denis Halliday – who had risen to the role of assistant secretary general - famously resigned his position as humanitarian coordinator in Iraq in 1998, over his opposition to economic sanctions which he labelled a "genocide". Since then he has represented Ireland with distinction the world over, constantly adding his authority to global peace initiatives.

Gemma O'Doherty is a multi award-winning investigative journalist whose work led to the reopening of the Fr Molloy case. The priest's murder in 1985 has been described in Leinster House as 'the biggest cover-up in the history of the State."
A former Campaigning Journalist of the Year for stories on asylum seekers' rights and water fluoridation, her recent work on the penalty points scandal led to the revelation that the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had speeding points terminated from his licence.
Gemma worked at the Irish Independent for almost two decades, where she was Senior Features Writer. She was dismissed from her job in June 2013.

Since retiring from the force, former Garda Sergeant Bernard "Benny" McCabe has worked as a human rights observer. Having experienced Garda activity on the Corrib Gas project firsthand when sent by Afri to monitor events, he filed a complaint with the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. "I have worked as a human rights observer with the UN, the EU and the OSCE in Cambodia, the Balkans, South Africa and in many post-conflict situations," he later said, "but I have never been treated the way I was in Glengad."

Margaretta D'Arcy is an Irish actress, writer and playwright who has also gained fame as a peace activist. A long-time civil liberties campaigner, she recently went to prison for her refusal to sign a bond confirming she would not enter unauthorized areas at Shannon Airport. She had attempted to block the runway at the airport as a protest against its use by the US military. Now 80 years old, she may face jail for a second time having recently been handed a two-week suspended sentence for similar offences.

Willie Corduff of Rossport, Co. Mayo, is a farmer who objected to Shell's attempts to run a pipeline for unrefined gas through his land. In 2005, for their refusal to back down to the oil major, Corduff and four others – known as the Rossport Five – spent 94 days in jail. In 2007 Corduff was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize honouring grassroots environmentalists.

Donal O'Kelly is an actor and playwright whose one-man play Ailliliú Fionnuala, about the Corrib Gas controversy, took home a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year. In the play, a Shell tunneling machine named Fionnuala sinks into the Erris bog, but a Shell employee is then confronted by Fionnuala from the Children of Lir, who forces him to tell the truth about the company's operations in Mayo. The play was also shortlisted for a 2013 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award.

For more info on Sunday's event, you can check out the Afri official event page. For those who are interested but who may not be able to make it to Ceathrú Thaidhg, we invite you to join the debate on the Atlantic Stream Livestream channel, by tuning into the live broadcast.

Posted Date: 
2 July 2014