Councillor jailed for not paying €1,500 fine over Harney assault


A Dublin City Councillor was jailed yesterday over her failure to pay a €1,500 fine for throwing paint over the then minister for health, Mary Harney, in 2010.

Éirígí spokesman Brian Leeson said Louise Minihan, a member of the socialist republican party, presented herself to Ballyfermot Garda station yesterday and was taken to the Dóchas Centre, a female prison in the Mountjoy complex.

Minihan faces up to seven days in prison as a result of the non-payment of a fine imposed on her by the High Court in February 2011. Ms Harney had paint thrown at her, covering parts of her clothes, neck, chest and hands, during a sod-turning ceremony for a primary care and mental health unit at Cherry Orchard Hospital in west Dublin in November 2010.

Minihan pleaded not guilty to assaulting the former health minister and to criminal damage to her clothing but received a two-month suspended sentence and a €1,500 fine. A Garda spokeswoman confirmed a woman was arrested at about 2pm yesterday in Ballyfermot in connection with a penal warrant.