Everyone should spend time behind bars – if only to appreciate their freedom
Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30
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.