Saturday 22 July 2017

Everyone should spend time behind bars – if only to appreciate their freedom

Pictured is journalist John Waters entering Dun Laoghaire Garda station last year. Photo: El Keegan
Pictured is journalist John Waters entering Dun Laoghaire Garda station last year. Photo: El Keegan
Owen Keegan, Dublin City Manager
John Waters

John Waters

Having done time behind bars last year on account of Owen Keegan's nasty and disastrous parking regime while county manager in Dun Laoghaire, I've had a special interest in the Garth Brooks affair: working out how much Mr Keegan and his planning department has now cost the city of Dublin.

The more temperate estimates appear to be around €50m.

On a related topic, I can't help feel that on account of my modest campaign to highlight the absurdity of jailing people for being caught in a queue in the post office, I should take some of the credit for the fact that the numbers of people sent to prison for non-payment of court-ordered fines has been decreasing. Last weekend just five people were banged up under this heading, a significant decrease on a year ago.

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