10-year ban for dad who drove car uninsured
A labourer who took over the driving from his partner when their child became upset has been put off the road for a decade.
Ciaran Perry (36) "hoped, rather than thought" he was insured to drive.
Judge Anne Watkin imposed a three-month sentence suspended for two years and banned Perry from driving for 10 years.
The defendant, of O'Donnell Gardens in Glasthule, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.
The incident took place at Sallyglen Road in Dun Laoghaire on May 29, 2014.
The court heard Perry has 21 previous convictions, including two previous no-insurance convictions.
Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said the car belonged to Perry's partner and she was insured.
He said Perry took over the driving when one of their children became upset in the back of the car.
Mr Lynam said Perry drove into a pub car park and a garda car came in behind him.
The solicitor said father-of-two Perry "hoped, rather than thought" he was insured to drive the car and it was a "once-off incident".
Mr Lynam asked the judge not to send Perry to jail, saying he would lose his job if he went to jail.
Judge Watkin said that the incident wasn't an emergency and that Perry could have looked after the baby.