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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Father is banned after moving his son's car

Tallaght District Court heard 41-year-old Fitzgerald was insured to drive his own vehicle, but wasn't covered to drive his son's car (Stock image)
Tallaght District Court heard 41-year-old Fitzgerald was insured to drive his own vehicle, but wasn't covered to drive his son's car (Stock image)

A father who moved his son's car as a favour has been banned from driving for two years.

John Fitzgerald's solicitor said in court that the case proved "no good deed goes unpunished".

Tallaght District Court heard 41-year-old Fitzgerald was insured to drive his own vehicle, but wasn't covered to drive his son's car.

Judge Bridget Reilly fined him €550 and disqualified him from driving for two years.

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The defendant, of Swiftbrook Drive in Tallaght, admitted driving without insurance or an NCT certificate. The incident took place near his home on December 17, 2014.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Fitzgerald's 18-year-old son bought a car prior to sitting his driving test and had parked it in the garden of his mother's house.

However, she told him to move the vehicle, and Fitzgerald agreed to move it for his son. Mr Hennessy said Fitzgerald was only moving the car a short distance and gardai stopped him within yards of his home.

The court heard that Fitzgerald is divorced and previously worked as a roofer.

Mr Hennessy also said the defendant is out of work due to ill health.

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