Galway councillor taken to prison

Monday 23 April 2007 22.20
Michael Fahy - Starting 12-month sentence
Michael Fahy - Starting 12-month sentence

Galway County Councillor Michael Fahy, who was given a 12-month jail sentence for the misappropriation of council funds, was taken to Castlerea Prison this evening.

The 56-year-old farmer and former insurance salesman had been convalescing at a nursing home in Kilcolgan for the past two weeks following a cardiac procedure at University College Hospital.

He was due to leave the nursing home tomorrow. However, shortly before 4pm this afternoon two gardaí arrived to execute a warrant to take him to Castlerea Prison.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that a court committal warrant to arrest Cllr Fahy and take him to Castlerea had been executed this afternoon.

Fahy was fined €75,000 and given a one-year jail sentence for fraud and attempted theft arising from the erection of fencing on his land during a council-funded road widening operation in the Ardrahan area.

He denied the charges but was convicted by a Circuit Court jury and failed in an attempt in the Court of Criminal Appeal to get bail to allow him to avoid going to jail while an appeal was being heard.