Could this have been Dealt with in a more Civil way; We do not Need or Want a Police State, we need to Engage with the People. Gardai are becoming more and more like the British Police, in the practice of Dotting your I’s and other petty perfectionisms. We need to Engage not Disconnect.

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Gran sent to prison over refusal to wear mask

Margaret Buttimer (66)

Margaret Buttimer (66)

May 22 2021 02:30 AM

A grandmother who “moved from defiance to openly challenge” the State by her steadfast refusal to wear a mask in shops and in court because of Covid-19 was remanded in prison for the weekend.

Margaret Buttimer (66) – who was previously described before Clonakilty District Court as “an enigma” – will be sentenced on Monday after being remanded in custody for three days for repeatedly refusing to wear a mask when she appeared before the court.

Ms Buttimer of The Cottage, St Fintan’s Road, Bandon, Co Cork, appeared before Judge Colm Roberts earlier this week for refusing to wear a mask at Dunnes Stores in the town on February 12.

She was found guilty of the offence of not wearing a mask in breach of the Covid-19 public health regulations.

Judge Roberts was told that Ms Buttimer verbally abused the store manager when he asked her if there was a medical reason why she was not wearing a face covering.

Ms Buttimer refused to answer the manager’s queries before eventually telling him that she only answered to God.

Judge Roberts said he was confused by her antics as she was a “pleasant woman”.

He said that the last thing he wanted to do was impose a custodial remand on Ms Buttimer for contempt.

“This is not funny. I don’t think you are appreciating the seriousness of this,” he warned.

“She has created a situation where I have no other option. She is undermining the rules of the court and the country. Her viewpoint makes no logical sense.

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