Friday 24 February 2017

Inefficient fine system gifts publicity to Wallace

Editorial

Editorial

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace

Had the Government implemented its own, long overdue laws to reform our payment of court fines system, it would not have gifted Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly the free publicity blitz they are currently basking in.

The duo, arrested over their refusal to pay €2,000 court fines for entering a restricted area at Shannon Airport in July 2014, spent less than two hours in prison after wilfully refusing to pay their court-ordered fines.

The cost to the exchequer is significant: garda and prison sources have estimated that a bill in the region of €8,000 was incurred when factors such as fuel, staff costs and administration are taken into account.

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