Limerick man John Dillon ‘99% certain’ IFA paid his court fine and expenses

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

FORMER IFA president, John Dillon, has said he is 99% certain that the IFA paid his court expenses and fines after he was briefly jailed earlier this year.

FORMER IFA president, John Dillon, has said he is 99% certain that the IFA paid his court expenses and fines after he was briefly jailed earlier this year.

Mr Dillon, who lives in Pallasgreen, was fined €200 after he was convicted at Newcastle West Court of using electronic road signs without permission during the last general election.

The independent candidate, who was prosecuted by Limerick County Council, said following his conviction, he would go to prison rather than pay the fine. He was also ordered to pay the legal costs of the local authority.

“The electronic display signs which I used in the general election were used by candidates in several constituencies, some of whom ran for political parties, and yet I find myself singled out for this outrageous sentence,” said John Dillon following the court proceedings.

After being arrested by gardai in March, Dillon was released from Limerick prison a number of hours later as the fine was paid without his permission.

At a meeting of the Limerick branch of the IFA, Eddie Downey, deputy president, said he didn’t believe that the IFA had paid the fine.

However, Mr Dillon said he believed the money was paid so that he wouldn’t receive media attention from his removal to Limerick prison.