Ex-Leinster star fined for speeding
A FORMER Leinster rugby player has been fined after he was caught by gardai speeding at 80kph in a 50kph zone.
Damian Browne (33, right) failed to pay a fixed charge penalty notice in relation to the speeding and he was summonsed to appear before the court.
However, Browne (right) was not in Dun Laoghaire District Court for the hearing as the former Leinster, Connacht and Brive lock is living and working in France.
Judge Bridget Reilly convicted and fined Browne €300.
Browne, who provided gardai with his parents' address at Merrion Road in Dublin's Ballsbridge, was convicted of exceeding the speed limit and failing to produce his driving licence to gardai within 10 days.
Summonses of driving without insurance or a driving licence were struck out after the court heard Browne had produced a French driving licence and a valid policy.
Garda Gary Farrell said Browne was clocked driving his grey VW Passat at 80kph in a 50kph zone at Frascati Road in Blackrock on November 3, 2011.
Gda Farrell said he issued Browne with a fixed charge penalty notice but it was not paid. The garda also said he also ordered Browne to produce his driving licence within 10 days, but he failed to do so.
Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he had tried to contact Browne a number of times, and left messages for him, but he had been unsuccessful in contacting him.
Mr Dunphy said he did not believe Browne was deliberately avoiding the court, and he may not have been aware of the summonses.
Mr Dunphy said Browne, who is originally from Galway, was playing for Leinster at the time of this incident, but has since moved back to France and is playing rugby with a French Division 2 team.