Thursday 14 December 2017

Mick Wallace arrested 'and being taken to Limerick prison'

Wexford TD Mick Wallace
Wexford TD Mick Wallace
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace has been arrested in connection with the non-payment of a fine.

A warrant was issued last month for the Wexford TD's arrest over a security breach at Shannon Airport. Fines of €2,000 were imposed on him and fellow TD Clare Daly.

Under the terms of the bench warrants, the gardai are empowered to collect the €2,000 fines ordered by Judge Patrick Durcan at Ennis District Court or to commit both Mr Wallace and Ms Daly to prison to serve the 30-day sentence he imposed in the event of non-payment.

The original deadline set by Judge Durcan for payment of the fines expired on July 22 last.

It is understood that Mr Wallace was arrested "by arrangement" at Clontarf garda station this morning.

It is also understood that the TD is being taken to Limerick Prison this afternoon.

Contacted for comment on the matter by the Sunday Independent 10 days ago, Mr Wallace confirmed that the warrants had now been issued to gardai. The Wexford TD said however, that neither he nor Ms Daly were aware of when the gardai would decide to act on them.

Asked if he was prepared to go to prison, he said at the time: "The decision of myself and Clare Daly to scale the fence at Shannon Airport was designed to help keep the peace, not break it. We do not accept the judge's decision to the contrary, and under no circumstances will we pay the fines. We realise this may mean serving time in prison. It's not something we'd look forward to, but if it happens, so be it."

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