Dublin city councillor showed no remorse today when she was found guilty of assaulting former Health Minister Mary Harney who was splattered with red paint at a hospital last November.
Harney had paint thrown at her, covering parts of her clothes, neck, chest and hands, during a sod-turning ceremony for a new primary care and mental health unit at Cherry Orchard Hospital in west Dublin, on November 1 last.
As the nation went to the polls Harney, who did not seek re-election, was called by the State to give evidence against Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan.
The 29-year-old councillor with an address at Knock Riada, Chapelizod, in Dublin, who is a member of the socialist republican Eirigí party, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting the former health minister and criminal damage to her clothing, which were worth €600 to €800.
Judge Ann Watkin heard at the Dublin District Court that Minihan accepted the facts of the case but claimed she had been engaging in a “political protest.”
Mary Harney: Unlikely to ever appear in the dock.
February 25, 2011 by Donal