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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Litterbug freed after radio plea

Colin Gleeson

A MAN who was jailed yesterday for failure to pay a litter fine was released minutes after his mother made an emotional appeal on Joe Duffy's 'Liveline'.

It's understood the man -- who has been unemployed since losing his plumbing job -- made a contribution towards his outstanding €2,300 fine.

The man -- identified only as Stephen -- had his car's registration number picked up by CCTV at a bottle bank after he left cardboard boxes at the scene.

He was arrested early yesterday and ordered to serve 45 days in Wheatfield Prison.

His mother Angela, from Ashbourne, Co Meath, phoned the RTE radio show.

Angela said her son wrote to Justice Minister Dermot Ahern in April, seeking special dispensation to pay in instalments or have the fine reduced, but said he never got a response.

"He was just about to leave the house for a college course when they came. It's a disgrace and a waste of time," she said.

Irish Independent

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