The system is a pure disgrace and its no wonder the country is in the state its in. I had a phone call from a local guard on Monday to say a warrant had arrived for me ( I was expecting it ). He was absolutely fantastic on the phone to me, starting with having to clarify that I was fined 500 euro for non payment of a speeding ticket and by the way he was talking to me I could tell that he found this a ridiculous amount for such a petty offence. He wen't on to ask if there was any way I could afford to pay, I explained that I really couldn't as i've been living on the bread line for the past 3 years and that im a single dad to two kids and am struggling to make ends meet as it is ( im currently working on a CE Scheme and after paying my rent am left with 140 pw to live off). He told me the only other option was prison for 3 days as stated on the warrant, unfortunately this is what i'll have to do but I explained to him that im concerned for my kids as we have no family ( their mum died ) and I didn't want them to know about it or see me hauled off in a guarda car. He explained to me not to worry that he'll be in touch next week and call me to give me a couple of days notice so I can arrange for someone to look after my girls, im to then meet him at the guarda station where he'll take me up to the prison ( not sure which one as im in Kerry ) where i'll be processed, he said that the worst case will be i'd spend 3 days inside but the best case scenario is i'll be back home that evening but obviously with a criminal record
. Now, the reason why I find the system a disgrace is this, I work as a maintenance man at a mental health unit and every day I see people who NEED HELP, people who are unable to do simple things like tidy their gardens or clean their homes,windows...etc, people who just want someone to talk to even. Their are people all across the country who need help, the elderly, the disabled, the isolated. One day of help a week would make a huge difference to these peoples lives yet the system is throwing people in jail who can't afford to pay fines for petty offences rather than finding a more constructive solution. The system is totally crazy. I for one would much rather help someone in need and make a difference to our society at zero expense to the tax payer or government than be twiddling my thumbs in a prison cell at huge expense to the tax payer and government.