Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jailing pensioner

•Mr Justice Daniel Herbert was in an unenviable position when he was forced to jail a 65-year-old woman for refusing permission to two monoliths of industrial Ireland wishing to enter her land to progress their intentions.

The judge was correct in what he did and in law. In acknowledging a certain admiration for the lady, the judge added that the citizen was setting herself against the Constitution of Ireland and the courts . . . if allowed "we may as well sink into anarchy".

The learned judge's words should be heeded because we are heading for anarchy. However, much of this anarchy rests with a State that pays little or no regard for the "common" people. A stroke of a pen and the pension rights of thousands of public servant retirees are changed for the worst.

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