Jailed For Three Months

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Ben Gilroy

Mary Carolan, in The Irish Times, reports:

Anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy has been jailed for three months over failure to comply with a High Court order to complete 80 hours community service after he admitted criminal contempt.

On Wednesday, Mr Justice Brian McGovern found there was a “deliberate and conscious” breach by Mr Gilroy of the October 2017 community service order, arising from Mr Gilroy’s admission, earlier in 2017, of criminal contempt.

Anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy jailed for three months (Mary Carolan, The Irish Times)

29 thoughts on “Jailed For Three Months

  1. Eoin

    Interesting that you can be held in contempt of court for expressing opinions about the administration of justice in an affidavit.

    ” [Gilroy] had also alleged he was “threatened by members of a semi-secretive society wearing wigs and black cloaks” who believe they are “superior to other members of society” and who “act in a clandestine fashion to hide their criminality”.”

    That seems to have been the red rag to the bull on the bench?

    What ever you think of Gilroy, can people now be held in contempt for swearing an affidavit “from information and belief” even if that belief is offensive to the bench?

    1. Rob

      “The contempt related to Mr Gilroy having, in a sworn statement in proceedings by Allied Irish Bank seeking to enforce a €3.2 million judgment against another man, accused the court of “criminal intimidation and threats” and compared the action of a court to that of “a thief putting a gun to his head and robbing him of his wallet”.”

      Did you intentionally ignore this bit?

    2. scottser

      that’s one way of looking at it. another is to focus on the fact of his admitting to a criminal offence and subsequently ignoring the court-mandated punishment for it.

  2. andy moore

    CSO ( Community Service Obligation ) is under the Probation Act as far as I know & if flouted the sentence is according, regardless of original crime or offence !!

  3. RuilleBuille

    Gilroy is a spoofer who has led many a distressed mortgagor up a garden path never resolving their problems.

  4. Starina

    they can jail this guy for three months but if you rob someone with a needle in Temple Bar you’re out in a few days.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      It’ll be like the TV licence “criminals”. He’ll be processed and out in a couple of hours and won’t get the prison martyrdom he wants.

  5. Prob is Jeff,

    So some lad had the nuts to declare his thoughts directly on the judiciary system.

    He also had the courage to of his convictions to protest by not undertaking his Community Service Obligation.

    Fair fk’s to him I say.

    In truth, it is probably accepted by all parties that any threats he made are unlikey to be ever acted upon.

    Just like Margaretta D’Arcy, for attempting to carry out a protest for cause with humanitarian underlinings, he was thrown 3 months by McGovern.

    Unfortunate to see another ‘Irish’ man unable to find any camaraderie in McGovern,
    who’s belief in upholding the law to a black & white standard takes precedence over
    any underlying cause.

    Keeping the unwashed / underprivileged / unconnected in their place under the guise of upholding law and order.

    Don’t want the whole place going to the dogs now do we.

    The dogs have come to us already, tearing at our weakest in society?

      1. Prob is Jeff,

        So some lad had the nuts to declare his thoughts directly on the judiciary system.

        He also had the courage to of his convictions to protest by not undertaking his Community Service Obligation.

        Fair fk’s to him I say.

        In truth, it is probably accepted by all parties that any threats he made are unlikey to be ever acted upon.

        Just like Margaretta D’Arcy, for attempting to carry out a protest for cause with humanitarian underlinings, he was thrown 3 months by McGovern.

        Unfortunate to see another ‘Irish’ man unable to find any camaraderie in McGovern,
        who’s belief in upholding the law to a black & white standard takes precedence over
        any underlying cause.

        Keeping the unwashed / underprivileged / unconnected in their place under the guise of upholding law and order.

        Don’t want the whole place going to the dogs now do we.

        The dogs have come to us already, tearing at our weakest in society?

        your unpaid m50 toll that you forgot to pay has now jumped from the 3.30e or whatever it was to 149.00e for a single journey. But just pay it Rob, don’t appeal or fight the unjust and extorionate fine, for a bridge that has covered its building costs decades ago, the NTR stiil needs to hit its target
        of €1,155,786,122 in toll fees by next year, and every cent counts.

        Ireland needs people like you, the type who flinch every time a windowed envelope comes through your letter box from an unknown source.

        Know your place Rob, your just about holding down that industrial wage paying job, and more importantly
        you can afford that iphone and your daily latte. No point rocking the boat at tthis stage in life.

        Can’t beat the system Rob. Keep your head down and you will be fine.

        I’ll drop in a bottle of Lucazade to you in St. James when yoo have been on that trolley for 24 hours.
        Just think, it could have been 30 hours if the taxes from that bridge hadn’t found their way into the health service.

        Everything will be fine Rob.

        1. Rob_G

          Agree with your last point – I have somehow never managed to find myself in comtempt of court. If you think toll bridges are too expensive or the fines are too steep, don’t use them.

          1. Steph Pinker

            Rob_G: for someone who’s never found yourself ‘in comtempt of court’, you’re very contemptuous of others who post their opinions on BS – and some might say, obtuse and hypocritical as well.

            FG have invested well in you… by their standards anyway.

            Enjoy the snow and chocolate in Belgium.

  6. gorugeen

    Gilroy is a boorish thug. He is being punished for his disgraceful behaviour in and out of court. He behaved so aggressively in court that the barristers had to be escorted by Gardaí when leaving. He is a scumbag, thug who uses intimidation and harassment to try and get out of his very significant and long overdue debt. This jail sentence has been a long time coming.

  7. Sham Bob

    I assume he refused to contract with the court so not sure how this happened.

    They can jail Ben Gilroy, but they can never take away the freedom of the one named Ben of the family name Gilroy.

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