Irish activist Diarmuid O’Cadhla has been arrested after trying to board British naval vessel HMS Enterprise, a survey ship, in Cork Harbour.
Here’s a clip of the incident I posted to Twitter earlier, the clip comes from a longer video (used here under fair use) from a Facebook page Diarmuid O’Cadhla is involved in.
🚨 BREAKING NEWS | An Irish politician has been arrested after trying to board British naval vessel HMS Enterprise, a survey ship, in Cork Harbour. Here's a clip of the incident. pic.twitter.com/NWNT4oXaMK
— George Allison (@geoallison) June 18, 2022
I’ve been told the person was co-opted on to Cork County Council in 2017 but failed twice to get elected to Cork City Council, so excuse my use of the term ‘politician’. ‘Activist’ is more apt.
According to local media, Garda Martin O’Connell testified he arrested Diarmuid O’Cadhla at John Horgan Quay, Cork, and brought him to Mayfield garda station. The charge states that on June 16 at John Horgan Quay, having been found on the curtilage of a building of the Port of Cork Authority when without lawful authority or reasonable excuse he failed to comply with a direction from Garda O’Connell to leave immediately the vicinity of the place in a peaceful and orderly manner, contrary to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act.
Oddly, the Facebook page the clip was found on states:
“Peace activist released after 20 hours in lockup, arrested for advocating DIALOGUE in place of War. British and NATO Warship, HMS Enterprise, remains tied up in Cork with heavily armed British Military holding automatic rifles against the local community.”
He was arrested, by the way, when he “failed to comply with a direction from Garda O’Connell to leave immediately the vicinity of the place in a peaceful and orderly manner” after shouting at the crew of a survey ship and attempting to board the vessel. Quite how that equals “advocating dialogue in place of war” is anyone’s guess.
Did he come in peace? He told them to f**k off straight away.
HMS Enterprise, by the way, is an Echo-class multi-role survey, hydrographic and oceanographic vessel of the Royal Navy and along with surveying and mapping the ocean depths, she has been involved in many humanitarian and emergency missions in recent years, including rescuing more than 2,400 migrants and refugees attempting to cross from war-torn Libya to Italy during the crisis in the north-African country in 2015.
I don’t think Enterprise would be a great choice to subdue a large city but apparently, someone does.
HMS Enterprise arrived in the Irish city of Cork for a routine port call during the week, not long after an Irish vessel visited the British city of Glasgow.
According to local reports, HMS Enterprise is currently tied up in the heart of Cork city, on Horgan’s Quay, where she flies both the Union Jack and the Irish Tricolour (as ships visiting foreign ports do out of courtesy to their hosts).
“The good news is that even as Ireland, the EU and the UK stand on the brink of a possible ‘trade war’ over the Northern Ireland protocol, the Royal Navy has nothing but friendly intentions in the harbour that once was home to the fleets that guarded the Western Approaches of the Empire.”
What a welcome! Ahead of our visit to the great city of Cork we jumped at the chance of meeting with the impressive LÉ JAMES JOYCE of @naval_service on the high seas. Fantastic opportunity to meet fellow mariners; share ideas as well as the inevitable navy dits!#boldlygo pic.twitter.com/dMbhGFnZav
— HMS Enterprise (@HMSEnterprise) June 13, 2022
Irish Naval Vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw visited Glasgow in April, the visit by the Offshore Patrol Vessel is the first Irish Naval visit to Scotland for over 10 years.
LÉ George Bernard Shaw is a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service. It is the fourth ship in a series of vessels designed by Vard Marine and built by Babcock Marine Appledore, and is named for the writer George Bernard Shaw.
“LÉ George Bernard Shaw (pennant number P64) is the fourth and final ship of the P60 class vessels built for the Naval Service in Babcock Marine Appledore, Devon. In keeping with the ethos of a continuous learning organisation, she contains a number of minor improvements over her sister ships, aimed primarily at improving energy efficiency whilst still maintaining effectiveness. She is designed as on Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), with the endurance and capability to defend Ireland’s interests at, and from, any sea in the world.”
The ship was accepted into service in October 2018, and, following a military fit-out, has commenced Maritime Defence and Security Operations at sea. Additionally, the ship recently conducted night operations & fishery protection duties.