• Éirígí councillor taken to Mountjoy Prison for failure to pay fine related to Harney paint attack

    Éirígí councillor Louise Minihan was arrested at 2pm this afternoon and taken to Mountjoy Prison for failure to pay a fine related to an attack on then-Minister for Health Mary Harney in November 2010. Minihan claims her action was a legitimate political action, and refused to pay the fine on those grounds.

    Minihan was arrested in November 2010 related to an incident at Cherryorchard Hospital in Bellyfermot, she plead not guilty at a hearing in Dublin Circuit Court in January of 2011 and was subsequently found guilty of the charges of assault and fined €1500, a fine which she has refused to pay.

    The confirmation of her arrest this afternoon was from Éirígi themselves, their statement is below.

    Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan Imprisoned in Mountjoy Prison

    éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan was today taken to Mountjoy Prison
    to serve up to seven days imprisonment for her ‘red paint’ protest against
    former Minster for Health, Mary Harney.

    In November 2010 Cllr. Minihan poured diluted red paint over Harney's clothing
    as the ‘Minster for Death’ took part in a publicity stunt on the grounds of
    Cherry Orchard Hospital, which is located in Minihan’s constituency. In
    February 2011 Minihan was handed a two month suspended sentence and a €1,500
    fine following her conviction on charges of assault and criminal damage,
    relating to the Harney protest.

    At the time of her sentencing Minihan informed the court that she had no
    intention of paying the fine, knowing that non-payment would result in her
    imprisonment instead.

    Shortly after 2pm today, Minihan was arrested in her Ballyfermot constituency
    before being transported to Mountjoy where she can be held for up to seven
    days.

    Speaking prior to her arrest, Cllr. Minihan remained defiant saying,

    ‘My protest was a legitimate political action, which should never have been
    brought before the courts. I never intended to pay any court-imposed fine or to
    apologise for my actions. To have done so would have undermined the legitimacy
    of my protest and the wider political struggle against the anti-social policies
    Mary Harney so proudly championed.

    Harney's ideologically driven policy decisions inflicted unnecessary pain and
    suffering on hundreds of thousands of people. There is no doubt that her
    policies resulted in many unnecessary deaths, particularly amongst the most
    vulnerable in our society. Mary Harney has blood on her hands and should hang
    her head in shame.

    My protest was taken in defence of vital services at Cherry Orchard Hospital and
    the wider public health service. During her term as 'Minister for Death' Harney
    chose to run down the public health service, regardless of the resulting human
    misery and suffering. I am proud to have taken a stand in defence of the
    public health service and will be not be deterred by a couple of day’s in
    jail.’

    Minihan concluded by calling for the resignation of the current Minister for
    Health, James Reilly, ‘Since coming to office the current Minister for Health,
    James Reilly, has shown that he is intend on privatising our health service,
    just like Mary Harney before him. Recent revelations have shown that he
    himself stands to financially benefit from such privatisation, making his
    position as Minister for Health totally untenable. He needs to resign from his
    position immediately.

    The time has come for the current two-tier healthcare system to be abandoned.
    The people of this country are entitled to and deserve a first-class public
    healthcare system which treats people on the basis of need and not wealth. Any
    further cutbacks, or attempts to privatise our health system, must be met with
    fierce resistance on our streets and in our communities.'
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    1. Sync's Avatar
      Sync -
      Can we all agree that this is very very funny?
    1. Gibby's Avatar
      Gibby -


      Ah the good 'ol days - happy memories...
    1. Crazy horse 6's Avatar
      Crazy horse 6 -
      Meanwhile back in the real world actual criminals are being let out of jail early to make way for people who havent paid their TV licence. What a sh ithole of a country we are.
    1. Dublin 4's Avatar
      Dublin 4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
      Can we all agree that this is very very funny?
      Not really but your opportunistic sadism & cynicism is
    1. longshortgrass's Avatar
      longshortgrass -
      Who cares about headbangers...and I dont mean Harney.
    1. corelli's Avatar
      corelli -
      Obscure councellor for dodgy party goes to prison to try become less obscure. The end.
    1. Sync's Avatar
      Sync -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crazy horse 6 View Post
      Meanwhile back in the real world actual criminals are being let out of jail early to make way for people who havent paid their TV licence. What a sh ithole of a country we are.
      Current govt's looking to sort that out aren't they I thought?

      Regardless, there's a difference between people not being able to pay a licence fee and people not being willing to pay a licence fee. Similarly there's a difference between people being unable to pay a fine they picked up for assault and people refusing to pay that fee and basically ignoring the Irish judicial system.

      In the councillor's defence, IIRC she said during the sentencing procedure that she had no intention of paying. They should have asked her if she was certain and then just imposed the 2 month custodial sentence.
    1. Keith-M's Avatar
      Keith-M -
      She should be left there until she (or someone) pays the fine. As bad as our politicians are, they should not have to face physical attack.
    1. Mushroom's Avatar
      Mushroom -
      Mushroom would like to offer his sincere commiserations to the ordinary, decent female prisoners in the 'joy. I'm sure that imprisonment is unpleasant enough, without having to share living space with a sorry, publicity seeking, nonentity like that Minihan creature.
    1. The Field Marshal's Avatar
      The Field Marshal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crazy horse 6 View Post
      Meanwhile back in the real world actual criminals are being let out of jail early to make way for people who havent paid their TV licence. What a sh ithole of a country we are.
      The massive garda helicopter hunts with ground based armed response units are no doubt bringing to the courts and jail the dastardly turf cutters who have for centuries blighted life on the island in the way drug gangs never could.
    1. indl's Avatar
      indl -
      Cllr Louise Minihan's willingness to engage in this direct action against a member of one of the worst governments ever to rule in the 26 counties was admirable. her refusal to pay the fine was a further indication of her willingness to continue to highlight the actions of those who see the health needs of ordinary people as an opportunity to make profits. Remember folks that this particular minister pursued policies which led to countless numbers of public patients dying. indignation and outrage followed the death of Suzi Long.....how quickly this was forgotten as were all the other deaths which occurred under the stewardship of Harney.
    1. Protestant/Catholic=Irish's Avatar
      Protestant/Catholic=Irish -
      Quote Originally Posted by corelli View Post
      Obscure councellor for dodgy party goes to prison to try become less obscure. The end.
      I don't support éirígí, but how in God's name are they "dodgy"? Just because you don't agree with their policies doesn't mean they are dodgy.
    1. Sync's Avatar
      Sync -
      Quote Originally Posted by Protestant/Catholic=Irish View Post
      I don't support éirígí, but how in God's name are they "dodgy"? Just because you don't agree with their policies doesn't mean they are dodgy.
      The litany of illegal behaviour on the part of their representatives and supporters would point them out as dodgy to some.
    1. MacBeth's Avatar
      MacBeth -
      Minihan is behind bars but Harney is still at large...
    1. Mushroom's Avatar
      Mushroom -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Field Marshal View Post
      The massive garda helicopter hunts with ground based armed response units are no doubt bringing to the courts and jail the dastardly turf cutters who have for centuries blighted life on the island in the way drug gangs never could.
      Ponderous, prolix attempts to be witty or sarcastic normally fail. Your post is no exception to that rule.

      Why not try using fewer adjectives and short snappy sentences? Then, if you get it right, I just might snigger.
    1. The Field Marshal's Avatar
      The Field Marshal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M View Post
      She should be left there until she (or someone) pays the fine. As bad as our politicians are, they should not have to face physical attack.
      I thought you supported the 1939 British war declaration on Germany?

      You seem to want it every way.
    1. MacBeth's Avatar
      MacBeth -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Field Marshal View Post
      I thought you supported the 1939 British war declaration on Germany?

      You seem to want it every way.
      Errr what?
    1. Potatoeman's Avatar
      Potatoeman -
      Will Mary be painting the town red tonight?
    1. Tawdy's Avatar
      Tawdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mushroom View Post
      Mushroom would like to offer his sincere commiserations to the ordinary, decent female prisoners in the 'joy. I'm sure that imprisonment is unpleasant enough, without having to share living space with a sorry, publicity seeking, nonentity like that Minihan creature.


      The misogny expressed here is breathtaking!
    1. Progress's Avatar
      Progress -
      I know it's not very original but this is a very serious issue.

      We must have the rule of law and if actions like this are condoned, it's the thin end of the wedge.

      One of the keys to keeping Ireland together right now is the law however flawed or badly administered. The alternative may be anarchy, chaos and the rise of sinister forces with a propensity for violence.

      Anger cannot be allowed to turn to hatred and I'm afraid this act smacked of this.
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