Tuesday 12 December 2017

Wallace released from prison within two hours

By Esther Hayden

INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace has been released from prison after just two hours.

The Wexford politician who was arrested on Wednesday morning by appointment following the non-payment of a fine is understood to have been freed from Limerick Prison shortly after 4pm.

The exact circumstances surrounding his release are not yet clear but it is understood that prison governors have discretion about detaining people for minor offences such as the non-payment of fine.

Deputy Wallace was arrested by arrangement at Clontarf Garda station in Dublin on Wednesday morning and arrived at Limerick Prison shortly before 2pm.

Read more here: Wallace arrested for the non-payment of fine

Last April Deputy Wallace was fined €2,000 at Ennis District Court for breaching security at Shannon Airport in 2014 but vowed not to pay it

Dressed in his traditional pink shirt Deputy Wallace was driven to Limerick Prison by gardai in a navy blue unmarked Toyota Avensis.

Speaking through an open window as he arrived at the prison gates Deputy Wallace said: 'It probably wont be as bad for me as it is for the people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.'

When asked if he was being treated OK, Deputy Wallace nodded 'yes'.

Wexford People

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