Congratulations to the Irish government.
Last year we managed to jail 272 people for not having a TV licence. This is a fantastic result for the government, its high time we stopped chasing after those people who destroyed the country and started jailing those who would dare not pay their taxes and still want to watch RTE one!
Hopefully the government can continue ignoring those large tax dodgers and evaders and go after even more little people and ensure that the weakest people in society pick up the tab for the rich.
Almost 11,500 people in court for not paying TV licence
THE NUMBER OF people taken to court for not paying the €160 television licence fee has doubled since 2008.
Almost 11,500 cases were heard in Irish courtrooms last year, according to figures given to an Oireachtas committee recently. Five years ago, the corresponding figure was just 5,786 but it has risen significantly each year since.
During 2012, just over one million licences were sold directly by An Post, the collection agency for the fee. A further 405,000 were issued by the Department of Social Protection.When a case is brought to court, the fine imposed is at the discretion of the judge. The maximum for a first time offence is €1,000 but second-time offenders can expect penalties of up to €2,000.
Last year, 18,048 summons were sent to households but the issue was resolved before the courts were involved in 6,562 cases.Almost 11,500 people in court for not paying TV licence · TheJournal.ieDuring 2012, 272 people were jailed for not paying the charge, a jump of almost 50 per cent on previous years.