War as Wadding weighs in on Wallace debate
CHAIRMAN Tony Dempsey confused Deirdre Wadding with David Bowie at the start of a debate on Mick Wallace.
'I've the wrong hairstyle,' Cllr Wadding said.
In her motion she condemned the abuse of the judicial system, claiming that the cases involving Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were fast-tracked. She also called on the government to end the threat to Irish safety and the undermining of Irish neutrality that is caused by the maintaining of the 'de factor' US military base in Shannon.
Cllr Wadding said: 'Yes they broke the regulations. When they were arrested and taken for a jaunt to Limerick there were 211,0000 cases of non payment of fines on the list. To me there is absolutely no doubt that there was a political targeted.'
Cllr Larry O'Brien said: 'The law is the law is the law.'
'It's a comic sketch,' Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said. 'I have been asked by a fellow councillor here to condemn the upholding of the law.'
Cllr Mary Farrell said both TDs are public figures.
'There may have been thousands of other cases but they were probably minor cases. These are public figures who were using this to get their names in the papers.'
Cllr Joe O'Sullivan described the motion as a complete misrepresentation of the situation.
'When they were fined €2,000 they had two months to pay. That would have expired in June. A penal warrant issued with a six month life span so the question of fast tracking has nothing to do with this case. They were fined on April 22, the offence goes back a further year and the arrest was on December 3.'
Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin cried hypocrisy, saying: 'Just because something is legal it doesn't make it moral.'
Cllr Michael Whelan said it cost around €8,000 in Garda time to transport the deputies to Limerick.
Cllr James Browne described the motion as bizarre. 'These are very well paid TDs. She is not here defending some poor people with no access to rights. She is dealing with very powerful people in the community.'
Cllr Malcolm Byrne said airport security is very important, adding that fiees should be based on people's earnings. Cllr Michael Sheehan said: 'It was a horrendous abuse of the justice system for cheap publicity.'
Cllr Wadding said she brought the motion after it was reported that the case of a woman convicted of drink driving five years to be processed. 'There are weapons being brought on these planes. They are facilitating mass bloodshed. They were told to get evidence as nobody will reveal what is on these planes.'
The motion was defeated.