John Dillon vows to go to prison rather than pay court fines

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

FORMER IFA president John Dillon who was prosecuted over his use of electronic signs during the General Election campaign says he would rather go to jail then pay the fines.

FORMER IFA president John Dillon who was prosecuted over his use of electronic signs during the General Election campaign says he would rather go to jail then pay the fines.

After considering the verdict Mr Dillon says he won’t be appealing or paying any money. “Michael Lowry and Tom Hayes had the same signs and so did Mairead McGuiness and Avril Doyle when they were going for Europe. There wasn’t a word said about them,” he said.

“When I brought that up in court they said ‘it’s you we’re talking about not them’,” added Mr Dillon, who says he won’t be paying on principle, apart from his own solicitor, even “if it was only a fiver”.

“That’s up to themselves what they want to do with me after that. I’m not paying for something that is injust in my view. It’s time to stand up to these kind of things. Every time you get a letter from officialdom now in this country it says if it isn’t paid by such a date there could be a fine or imprisonment or both. It’s time to stand-up to these kind of threats,” said the Pallasgreen man, who has until August 8 to pay.