Sunday 11 December 2016

Jailing pensioner

Published 14/09/2011 | 05:00

•Mr Justice Daniel Herbert was in an unenviable position when he was forced to jail a 65-year-old woman for refusing permission to two monoliths of industrial Ireland wishing to enter her land to progress their intentions.

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The judge was correct in what he did and in law. In acknowledging a certain admiration for the lady, the judge added that the citizen was setting herself against the Constitution of Ireland and the courts . . . if allowed "we may as well sink into anarchy".

The learned judge's words should be heeded because we are heading for anarchy. However, much of this anarchy rests with a State that pays little or no regard for the "common" people. A stroke of a pen and the pension rights of thousands of public servant retirees are changed for the worst.

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