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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C
# Short Stay
Clare Daly spent an hour-and-a-half in Limerick Prison tonight
The TD was jailed for refusing to pay a fine for breaching the fence at Shannon Airport.

Updated 11pm

INDEPENDENT TD CLARE Daly has been released from Limerick Prison after spending around an hour and a half there tonight.

She was jailed for refusing to pay a fine for breaching the fence at Shannon Airport.

Her Dáil colleague and fellow campaigner Mick Wallace was also arrested and taken to the prison earlier.

The Wexford deputy was given temporary release on condition of good behaviour at 4pm, having been processed by the Irish Prison Service.

Daly only entered the prison shortly after 9pm, and was given temporary release after 10.30pm.

Court case

Wallace and Daly were told they faced the prospect of jail terms after declaring they would not pay fines of €4,000 imposed on them by a judge in Ennis in April.

The two TDs were found guilty of breaching airport regulations when entering a restricted area at Shannon on 22 July 2014 and each fined €2,000. Both said they would not pay.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1′s Drivetime from outside Limerick Prison earlier evening, Wallace said he was not kept in a cell but in a room in the facility for a number of hours.

“Nothing [happened] really,” he said. “I was just taken in for a few hours and they told me I was being let go. It’s called temporary release, as far as I know.”

With reporting from Daragh Brophy.

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