Driver hit with four-month jail term for having no insurance
A motorist who was driving while disqualified has claimed he thought he could drive as his solicitor had appealed a no-insurance conviction.
Paul Ryan (27) said he had insurance but it was invalid due to a driving ban, which had not been appealed.
Judge John Coughlan sentenced Ryan to four months in prison and disqualified him from driving for six years.
The defendant, with an address at Kiltalown View in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of driving without insurance.
The incidents took place at the Tallaght Bypass on March 22, 2012, and at Kilcarrig Avenue, Tallaght, on January 15 last.
The court heard Ryan was asked to produce his insurance documents, but he could not do so.
Gardai said that on both occasions Ryan was driving while disqualified.
The court heard that Ryan has six previous convictions, including two previous for having no motor insurance.
Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said Ryan had an insurance policy, but he had received a ban and this had rendered the insurance invalid.
Mr Tunney said another solicitor was supposed to have appealed the disqualification, and if the appeal had been lodged Ryan would have been insured.
In relation to Ryan's personal circumstances, Mr Tunney said the defendant has a partner and two children.
He is unemployed and on social welfare.
Mr Tunney asked the judge to not send Ryan to jail, saying a suspended sentence would provide "an incentive for him to stay out of trouble".
Judge Coughlan said Ryan now had four no-insurance convictions and he imposed a four-month sentence.
Ryan immediately appealed the conviction.