Tuesday 24 January 2017

Former Lord Mayor says the quick turnaround 'sends wrong message'

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Former Lord Mayor Christy Burke
Former Lord Mayor Christy Burke

Former Lord Mayor Christy Burke who spent 28 days in Mountjoy Prison for the non-payment of a fine has said the temporary release of Mick Wallace and Clare Daly "sends out the wrong message".

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Mr Burke was jailed in 1986 along with the late TD Tony Gregory after they appeared in court for breaching the peace during a protest about Moore Street traders.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Burke said his time in prison was "an eye opener" but they were treated really well.

"I was taken from my home in handcuffs," he recalled.

"The governor at the time was John Lonergan and he allowed us to do a lot of constituency work.

"Charlie Haughey came to visit Tony."

Asked for his view on the revolving door applied to the two TDs this week, Mr Burke said: "It sends out a bad signal to anyone inside for not paying their TV licence. It's not their fault, though, it's the system."

Irish Independent

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