TDs' jail saga is a waste of taxpayers' money
What a fantastic waste of resources we witnessed yesterday in the administration of justice. TD Mick Wallace was carted off to prison in Limerick for non-payment of a fine.
In the same week that the Garda Inspectorate lamented that far too many gardaí are chained to the desk, we had further resources wasted by gardaí arresting Mr Wallace, bringing him to Clontarf Garda Station and then transferring him to prison in Limerick, where he was to spend not so much as one night.
Imagine the cost and expense involved here. If it was known that he would not spend a night in prison, surely a quick jaunt to Mountjoy would have served the purpose? Unbelievably, TD Clare Daly was sent separately on the same day to spend just two hours in Limerick prison. Twice the expense on a fool's errand.