THE NUMBER of people sent to prison for failing to pay fines or debts jumped to 2,520 in 2008, mostly caused by the recession and rising unemployment.
The latest figures available from the Prison Service show the number of people being sent to jail is rising. There were 13,600 prisoners on remand (a 14 per cent increase) and 8,000 under sentence (a 25 per cent increase) in 2008
Didn’t I read a few weeks ago that a court had ruled that it was unconstitutional for a court to imprison somebody for not paying debts?
Yes I remember now it was the McCann ruling on debt recovery
(Ms McCann (36), Mullaghmatt, Co Monaghan, brought her action against the State, with Monaghan Credit Union as a notice party, and the Human Rights Commission as amicus curiae (assistant to the court on legal issues).
Ms Justice Mary Laffoy yesterday ruled the relevant law – section 6 of the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts 1940 – breached McCann’s rights to fair procedures and personal liberty under the Constitution.) (Itishtimes.com)
Apart from this ruling it has also being reported that the Government will have an extra 400 more prison made available this year in order to cope with the rising demand as a result of people not being able to pay their debts
I am willing to take bets from anybody that Mr.Lian Carroll will not be gracing the inside of any of the countries Jails for non payment of his debts anytime soon
His latest action in the High court is just another attempt to stall the Supreme Court’s ruling a few days ago .just goes to show you if you have money in Ireland even when it is other people’s money you can run rings around any court’s ruling
Nor are we likely to see another Banker con artist, developer, or any politician join the thousands of ordinary people who will be turned out of their homes, and dumped into prison for non payment of their accumulated mortgage debts, in the coming months
We the people must not accept one law for the rich and one law for the poor Never!