The former president of the IFA, John Dillon, has been imprisoned for not paying a €200 fine which was imposed on him at Newcastle West Court last year.
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.
He was arrested at his home in Pallasgreen shortly before 11am today and brought to Limerick Prison to serve the eight day sentence, which was imposed by Judge Mary O’Halloran, who also ordered that he should pay the costs of Limerick County Council.
Speaking ahead of his arrest, he said: “I am going to jail proudly because maybe it will take something like this for people to wake up and see that in todays Ireland, it’s one rule for the political cronies and another rule for anybody who stands against them.”
Mr Dillon added: “Let there be no doubt – I will survive prison. But part of our freedom as a people did not survive this charade, and if it is allowed go unpunished, people will find that I am not the last person who has his rights trampled by this nasty and crony-riddled political class”.
*For full coverage see this weekend’s Limerick Leader, print edition