Farm Ireland

Sunday 22 April 2018

Dillon points finger at IFA over mystery payment of X2,200 fine

Martin Ryan

Outspoken former IFA president John Dillon has accused the IFA of being the 'mystery' donor who paid a €200 fine and costs of €2,000 for his release from prison, against his clearly expressed wish or consent last March.

However the IFA has rejected his claim as "speculative and unsupported."

The fine, together with expenses of €2,000, was imposed at Newcastle West Court where Mr Dillon was convicted of using electronic road signs without permission from Limerick County Council.

The signs were erected during his campaign as an independent candidate in Limerick County constituency in the 2011 general election.

The allegation against the IFA was made by the organisation's former leader at a meeting of the Limerick IFA executive in Adare, in the presence of IFA deputy president, Eddie Downey.

"I want to say that I don't thank the IFA for paying or organising the payment of a fine on my behalf," Mr Dillon told his farmers at the meeting.

"But it was paid and I believe and I am almost 99pc certain that it was IFA's involvement that paid the fine for me. They were not asked to do so."

Mr Downey responded, saying: "I agree with you. That should not have happened if that's what happened, but I don't believe that it did. I think it came from somewhere else."

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The former IFA leader was taken from his farm at Pallasgreen, Co Limerick to spend eight days in Limerick Prison in March this year for non-payment of the fine. However, three hours later, he was informed that the fine had been paid and he was released.

Mr Dillon has confirmed that he has requested CCTV footage of the person who paid the €2,200 in cash to the Court Service at Limerick.

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