Mixed opinions among patrons of Kenny's pub in Lucan village on the fate of Dublin West TD Liam Lawlor who faces a week in prison.

Charged with contempt of court for refusing to cooperate with the Flood Tribunal, Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin West, Liam Lawlor is sentenced to a week in Mountjoy Jail.

In jailing Liam Lawlor, Judge Thomas Smyth kept the custodial sentence short to avoid disenfranchising the people of West Dublin who voted for him.

There are mixed feelings among the patrons of Kenny’s pub in Lucan village about the fate Liam Lawlor. One man believes the jail sentence is a fitting punishment for refusing to answer questions at a tribunal. Another agrees,

There’s an old story, if you do the crime do the time, Mr Lawlor deserves what he gets.

Liam Lawlor has represented the village of Lucan and Dublin West since 1977. Many people link him with the rezoning issue,

If he gets into Mountjoy he’ll rezone that too and make apartments out of it.

However there are others who say he is a hard working politician who deserves leniency.

He’s done an awful lot for people in Lucan.

Liam Lawlor may spend time at Somerton House, his family home in Lucan, before he begins his sentence at Mountjoy.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 January 2001. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.