County Limerick farmer is imprisoned for not paying fine...and released again

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

After being released from prison - three hours after he was brought in - John Dillon said he was “very upset” as he never wanted to go to jail.

After being released from prison - three hours after he was brought in - John Dillon said he was “very upset” as he never wanted to go to jail.

“It’s a place for criminals. I’m not a criminal and I should never have been put into jail,” said Mr Dillon.

Gardai called to his home in Pallasgreen at around 10.30am this morning to take Mr DIllon, who was feeding cattle at the time, to prison

Dillon was prosecuted by Limerick County Council after he failed to remove electronic road signs which he had erected without permission, during last year’s General Election campaign.

“I was told take them down by the council and I wouldn’t take them down because others had them up in other counties and they are still up in other areas. I felt I was being victimised,” said Mr Dillon.

He was brought to Limerick Prison to serve the eight day sentence, which was imposed by Judge Mary O’Halloran if he didn’t pay the €200 fine and costs. He said today’s events were down to “political cronyism”.

“The people the went for election last year were either councillors or ex-councillors. You scratch my back and I scratch yours was the way I felt,” said Mr Dillon.

He told awaiting media he was put in a “cold cell” but doesn’t regret going to prison.

“I never regret anything I did in my life. We need more backbone in this country. Stand up and be counted,” said Mr Dillon.

For full coverage read this weekend’s Limerick Leader, print edition