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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Minihan faces jail in Harney paint-fine row

CITY councillor Louise Minihan faces jail after refusing to pay a €1,500 fine for throwing red paint over Mary Harney.

The deadline for payment to charity passed on Monday -- meaning the Eirigi councillor may be arrested and jailed.

Cllr Minihan was slapped with the fine and a two-month suspended sentence last year at Dublin District Court after being found guilty of assaulting the former health minister.

In November 2010 she poured diluted red paint over Ms Harney, which she said was "symbolic of the blood of those who had needlessly suffered as a result of her policies".

Ms Harney was turning the sod at a new health unit at the Cherry Orchard Hospital when she was splattered with paint.

Cllr Minihan (30) was asked to make a donation to charity but she refused. She was ordered to pay the €1,500 fine within 12 months.

Speaking to the Herald today, Ms Minihan said she had no intentions of paying the fine and that she would face the consequences.

"I have not paid the fine and I will not be paying it. I stand over my actions, which I believe were a form of legitimate political protest," she said.

"To pay the fine would make a hypocrite of myself and the socialist republican politics I believe in. If the State chooses to jail me for non-payment of the fine so be it."

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