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Monday 11 December 2017

Councillor Minihan jailed over Mary Harney paint attack

Health Minister Mary Harney TP after she was pelted with red paint in protest at health cuts in 2010. Photo: PA
Louise Minihan. Photo: Courtpix
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A DUBLIN city councillor who threw red paint at former Health Minister Mary Hanrey has today been jailed for refusing to pay the fine.

Eirigi councillor Louise Minihan was taken to Mountjoy Prison this afternoon after agreeing to be arrested at Ballyfermot garda station at 2pm.



The mother-of-one was fined €1,500 in February last year and give a two-month suspended sentence for throwing paint at Ms Harney.



She was convicted on charges of assault and criminal damage relating to the protest.



At the time she was told by the judge that she would face seven days in prison if she did not pay within one year.



That period ended around five months ago but it is understood that the paperwork to jail the councillor was only completed recently.



A spokesperson for Ms Minihan said that she refused to pay on a point of principle.



"My protest was a legitimate political action, which should never have been brought before the courts.



"I never intended to pay any court-imposed fine or to apologise for my actions," she said prior to the arrest today.

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