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Councillor jailed over failure to pay fine after Harney paint attack

Louise Minihan was taken to Mountjoy over her failure to pay a fine in relation to charges of assault and criminal damage.

Mary Harney after she was pelted with red paint back in November 2010
Mary Harney after she was pelted with red paint back in November 2010
Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

LOUISE MINIHAN, the Dublin councillor best known for pelting red paint at former Health Minister Mary Harney, has been arrested and imprisoned at Mountjoy.

Éirígí sent a statement to Politics.ie this afternoon to confirm her arrest over the non-payment of a €1,500 fine in relation to charges of assault and criminal damage, for which she was convicted in January 2011.

Minihan has refused to pay the fine, arguing that her actions at Cherryorchard Hospital in Ballyfermot on 1 November 2011 constituted a legitimate political protest.

Gardaí confirmed that officers from Ballyfermot station had arrested a woman at around 2pm this afternoon in relation to an outstanding penal warrant, and that the woman “had been conveyed” to Mountjoy as per the terms of that warrant.

Her party said Minihan can be held for up to seven days over her failure to pay the fine.

Councillor jailed over failure to pay fine after Harney paint attack
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