Wallace says he won't pay €2,000 court fine
Published 23/04/2015 | 09:39
Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have said they will not pay the €2,000 fines imposed on them at Ennis District Court.
The duo were found guilty of breaching security in an attempt to inspect US war planes at Shannon Airport.
Wexford TD Wallace, of Clontarf Road, Dublin, and Daly, of Elmwood Drive, Swords, north Dublin, were charged with unlawfully entering a restricted zone at the airport after scaling a perimeter fence with a 12ft rope ladder in July last year.
They had claimed during the trial at Ennis District Court they felt a duty to try to search military aircraft amid claims they repeatedly failed to get information from the Government on possible munitions cargos, alleged renditions and inspections.
The court heard previously that the TDs were intercepted by airport security and subsequently arrested after they made it on to a grass verge next to an area known as taxiway 11.
A US military Hercules C-130 was parked off a main runway at the time, along with another military plane.
Judge Patrick Durcan told the TDs that the District Court is not a battlefield for them to pursue issues which should be heard in another forum.
'The role of this court is not that deemed assumed by the Skibbereen Eagle in a past century,' the judge said.
'The role of this court, a court of summary justice, is to consider relevant evidence fairly and impartially.' The now-defunct Skibbereen Eagle gained infamy after an 1898 editorial where it warned that it would keep its eye on the Emperor of Russia.
Judge Durcan fined the TDs €2,000 each for two charges of breaching airport bylaws.
The pair were charged with entering an area of airport they were not permitted in and climbing a wall, fence or barrier or post at the perimeter.
Outside court, Daly and Wallace said they would not pay the fine but added that they have no plans to appeal.
'We have absolutely no intention of paying a financial contribution to a state that allows this behaviour to continue,' said Daly.
Wallace added: 'I wouldn't pay that fine to save my life.'