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Former IFA President John Dillon released from prison

FORMER IFA President John Dillon, who was jailed this morning for the non-payment of a €200 fine, has been released from Limerick prison.

He had been fined and jailed for the use of electronic displays during the election campaign with Limerick County Council permission.

He was arrested by Gardai at 11am today and taken from his farm at Pallasgreen, Co Limerick.

A court imposed three fines of €200 on Mr Dillon, and ordered him to pay €2,000 in expenses, for his use of the electronic signs without Limerick County Council permission.

He argued that the signs he used were also used by other candidates, but he was singled out and said he would rather go to jail than pay the money.

Mr Dillon, who served as IFA leader from 2002 -2006, got 4,395 first preference votes in the Limerick constituency before being eliminated on the fourth count.