Monday 23 October 2017

A look back at protesting politicians who had brush with law

Tony Gregory
Tony Gregory
John Downing

John Downing

ELECTED representatives have had encounters with the gardaí on sporadic occasions in recent decades following on from incidents related to street protests.

In 1986 Independent Dublin Central TD Tony Gregory (inset) was jailed for two weeks for failing to sign a bond to keep the peace. The matter arose from protests by unlicensed street traders operating around Moore Street and Henry Street.

Cllr Christy Burke, now Lord Mayor of Dublin, was jailed along with Gregory. Local activist Joe Costello, a future Labour TD, was jailed for refusing to pay a fine in 1987 arising from similar protests in Dublin's celebrated "pram wars".

In September 2003, Socialist TD Joe Higgins and then-Socialist councillor, Clare Daly were jailed for a month. The incident followed their failure to comply with a High Court order instructing them to stop blocking bin lorries in the course of protests against bin charges.

In July 2014, Independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace were detained at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, where they were protesting against the use of the airport by US troops.

Their case is to be dealt with at Ennis District Court later this year. They are charged with unlawful entry to a restricted area of the airport.

Irish Independent

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