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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Uninsured driver was on way to care home

McDonagh was asked to produce his driving licence and insurance documents at a garda station but failed to do so and admitted he has never held a licence. Stock picture
McDonagh was asked to produce his driving licence and insurance documents at a garda station but failed to do so and admitted he has never held a licence. Stock picture

A carer caught driving without insurance was taking his daughter who has special needs to a care home to see if she was suit-able for respite care.

James McDonagh (38) gave up his job as a youth worker to become his daughter's full-time carer.

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

The defendant, of Nutgrove Crescent, Rathfarnham, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a licence at Stonemason's Way, Rathfarnham, last August 2.

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McDonagh was asked to produce his driving licence and insurance documents at a garda station but failed to do so and admitted he has never held a licence.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said McDonagh is a lone parent with two teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old daughter with special needs.

Mr Hennessy said the defendant previously worked as a youth worker but gave up that job so he could look after his daughter, and he is now her full-time carer.

In relation to this incident, Mr Hennessy said McDonagh was taking his daughter to a centre to see if she was suitable for respite care.

The solicitor said McDonagh is no longer driving and no longer has the car.

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