Three women sent to prison for defying a High Court order against disrupting waste collection by Dublin City Council.

The three women were jailed by the High Court in the continuing campaign against bin charges in Dublin. Bríd Smith, the Public Relations Officer for the Dublin Campaign Against the Bin Tax, and Christine Heffernan, a grandmother of five, were both jailed for two weeks. Karen Heffernan, daughter of Christine Heffernan and the mother of a 14 month old baby, was jailed for one week.

The three women refused to give an undertaking to abide by a court order made in September 2003. Judge Mella Carroll refused an application on behalf of the three defendants to impose a fine, rather than a custodial sentence, as the three women had refused to move out of the way of a Dublin City Council refuse truck operating at Mount Tallant Avenue.

The Judge decided a fine was not a sufficient deterrent and a prison sentence for breach of the court order was appropriate. She said their refusal to give an undertaking to the court to stop their protest indicated the defendants had decided to go to prison. 

The jailing of the three women follows the sentencing of ten people and the one month sentences imposed on Dublin West TD, Joe Higgins and Socialist Party Councillor, Clare Daly for their part in the anti waste charges protest and breaches of court orders.

Campaigners are planning further protests and another demonstration against the jailing of bin tax protesters is planned to take place outside Mountjoy Prison.

RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 October 2003.  The reporter is John Kilraine.