Call for Mediation in Contempt Case

The Irish Times
October 6, 2011

An Irish woman was jailed and held in contempt for refusing to allow the Energy department to cut down trees on her land for the erection of pylons and power lines. The Minister of state for Justice Kathleen Lynch called for “common sense” to prevail and for the parties to resort to mediation to resolve the issues.

Calling the circumstances “ridiculous,” Ms. Lynch said that neither the minister for justice or the minister for energy could intervene in a court case when the person has been imprisoned for contempt. She said, “someone should mediate in relation to this lady because it’s ridiculous circumstances she finds herself in. This should be a matter of mediation.” In reality, mediation should have been employed long before contempt and jail time became an option.

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