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ALMOST 200 people were jailed for not paying court fines relating to TV licences last year.

The numbers going to jail over in relation to unpaid TV licence fines is higher than ever.

Some 194 people were sent to prison last year for non-payment of TV licence fines, compared to 31 in 2006 at the height of the boom.

The majority of those sent to jail were women, the Irish Prison Service confirmed. Females accounted for 121 of those sent down, while the remaining 73 were men.

Figures show that 25 people a day are now being sent to prison for not paying court fines.

The Irish Penal Reform Trust today said it costs the State around €200 to hold a prisoner each day, compared to €160 for the TV licence fee — and that does not include court and Garda time.

A spokeswoman also expressed concern that women…

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