Tuesday, October 31, 2006

For Fawkes Sake

Justice Minister Michael McDowell has been issuing dire warnings about the penalties for those caught attempting to import illegal fireworks from Northern Ireland, including the confiscation of cars.
Meanwhile, garda spokesmen have been quoted in broadcast media all day yesterday and today warning of arrests and fines for anyone caught with fireworks.

McDowell’s warnings prompted the following letter (not one of mine) in Monday’s Irish Times, while the whole night tonight has been filled with sound and light as two fingers have been given to the law by the younger population of the borough.

Madam, - I note Minister for Justice Michael McDowell's statement that customs officers have the power to confiscate cars carrying fireworks across the Border. Does this apply if you are driving an old banger? - Yours, etc, M.Kelly

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