INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace was today detained at Limerick City Prison over his refusal to pay a court fine.
He was released just before 5pm, after 2 hours in jail.
The Wexford TD was convicted of breaching restricted grounds at Shannon Airport, and fined €2,000 by Judge Patrick Durcan at Ennis District Court last April.
Wallace, along with United Left TD Clare Daly, breached a restricted area in the airport last year in protest of U.S authorities using Shannon as a crossover point on missions to the Middle East.
Clare Daly was also convicted and fined, but both TDs declared they had no intention of paying the fine:
“We realise this may mean serving time in prison. It’s not something we’d look forward to, but if it happens, so be it.” said Mr. Wallace after the trial.
Wallace was believed to have been arrested by appointment at 8.30am in Dublin, and he arrived at Limerick Prison in an unmarked Garda car shortly before 2pm.
Video footage shows the TD saying “It probably won’t be as bad for me as it is for the people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.” upon entering the prison.
When asked if he had been treated well, he nodded.
Before Wallace’s arrival at Limerick Prison, a sign saying “Free Mick Wallace TD Free Clare Daly TD Stop War Crimes” was hung on the gates of the prison by Ed Horgan of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance and Shannonwatch.
“The purpose of all this is to highlight the fact that US military are still using Shannon airport and have been involved in the killing of well over one million people including a quarter of a million children.” said Mr. Horgan.
It is not yet known whether an arrest warrant has been issued for Clare Daly in relation to her fine.