TD Catherine Murphy
Kildare TD Catherine Murphy joined fellow TDs, Senators and human rights campaigners in supporting a global call for President Obama to pardon U.S army whistleblower Chelsea Manning on the eve of her 29th birthday on December 17. Irish supporters include Afri, Amnesty International Ireland, TDs Catherine Connolly, Thomas Pringle, Mick Wallace, Joan Collins, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Clare Daly, Senators David Norris, Alice Mary Higgins and Frances Black.
The information that Manning gave to the public exposed torture and horror of Guantanamo Bay. Manning, whose grandfather came from Dublin, has been sentenced to thirty five years after leaking information on U.S military abuses while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
Manning has been incarcerated since May 2010.